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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. 


The Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology will award graduate student research grants in 2021! Five grants, one for each region of the continent, will be awarded to African citizens living and conducting their research in Africa. The Awards Committee will evaluate applicants based on project merit, gender of the applicant, and aspects of conservation diversity. Students (MSc and PhD) must be SCB members and preferably members of the Africa Section. 

Applications are due 31 October 2020, with decisions announced in December 2020. The award amount is $500 USD. 

View the guidelines and application form here

Questions? Email the Chairman of the Section Commitee, Prof Adrian M Shrader.

Section Updates:



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.