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Africa Section

The SCB Africa Section grew out of humble beginnings and now has an active membership of more than 500 individuals globally. This is the result of a meeting of thirty-five conservation scientists and practitioners who gathered in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2001 to deliberate on conservation biology issues in Africa.

In Duluth (USA) 2003, at SCB's 17th annual meeting, members of the Section developed various strategies to confront the challenges faced. One outstanding contribution from the Duluth meeting was sponsored symposium organized by the Africa Section at SCB's 18th annual meeting in New York City in July / August, 2004. The output is a Special Issue of the high ‘impact factor’ Biological Conservation Journal (Volume 134 Issue 2) published by Elsevier Science. The section has in recent times taken steps to recruit young scientists (with special programs for young women) and people from the social science disciplines to be part of this community. 

We welcome you to join the Africa Section. Bon Arrivé! Please take some time to explore the rest of the Africa Section website. Follow the links in the sidebar on the right under "Africa Section." 

SCB members may join up to two Sections. Members of SCB, can join the Africa Section from their member home page. 


Africa Section issues position statement on palm oil expansion in Africa. Read the press release


Call for Applications:
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Africa Section Communications/E-mentoring Program

Seize this strategic opportunity!

This is a call for applicants who want to participate in the 2014/2015 phase of the SCB Africa Section Communications/E-mentoring Program. 

Building capacity in conservation science through improving research scholarship and proficiency in disseminating scientific results requires more than the status quo that obtains in the African continent. What African researchers and students need is to tap into the flourishing virtual interconnectivity of this dispensation. Wherever they are in the continent, African students can reach out to would be mentors and in the process leapfrog local and regional challenges. There are virtually no boundaries in today’s world whether national or continental. What we have are fluid and extremely fast bridges of communication and information.
It is this strategic opportunity that the Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is working to maximize through its creation of the communications/e-mentoring program. A successful pilot of the program occurred from August 2007-March 2008 and its goal is to increase the capacity of African student conservation biologists to publish and disseminate their research in international peer review journals.
This is a call for applicants who want to participate in the 2014/2015 phase of the SCB Africa Section Communications/E-mentoring Program.

More information and requirements for would be mentors and mentees can be found below, or email Mary Molokwu ( or Stephen Awoyemi (

Deadline for receiving applications is September 15th, 2014.

Guidelines for Mentor and Mentee

E-mentoring program interest form

Special Issue of Biological Conservation on Africa

In 2007 the the scientific journal Biological Conservation published a special issue (v134i2) devoted exclusively to conservation on the African continent. Topics originated from Africa Section Capacity Building Symposium organized by Norbert J. Cordeiro, Neil Burgess, Delali B. Dovie, Beth A. Kaplin and Andy Plumptre at SCB's 2004 International Congress for Conservation Biology at Columbia University in New York City, New York. 

Among the more than 10 papers presented in the journal were:

  • Harvesting of non-timber forest products and implications for conservation in two montane forests of East Africa
  • The biodiversity of the Albertine Rift
  • Conservation in areas of high population densitity in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Correlations among species distribution, human density and human infrastructure across the high biodiversity tropical mountains of Africa
  • Wildlife hunting practices and bushmeat dynamics of the Banyangi and Mbo people of Southwestern Cameroon

Click here for a complete table of contents, including authors and page numbers. Members of SCB who subscribe to Biological Conservation may read this issue online by logging into their SCB account. All developing country members may also read this issue online via their SCB account.