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Africa Section Committees & Groups

There are many ways to get involved with the Africa Section. Explore the various opportunities below.


Scientific Symposium

The Africa section has from time to time at annual meetings organised Special Symposia solely on Africa to inform scientists globally on the state of conservation challenges, issues and progress on the African continent. The symposia often present a mix of lead and young scientists especially women in partnership with lead scientists from other continents. Selections of papers, of the highest scientific merit are often invited and likely to result in a Special Issue of high impact and highly accredited peer-reviewed Journals. The symposia had been guided by a team in the past which is folding up to allow other well qualified personnel especially women to take over. Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba, a female conservation scientist from Tanzania (also a Symposium Presenter at the SCB 2006 San Jose meeting) will now spearhead the affairs of the team with the support of the pioneers. Email Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba.

Communications and Mentoring Program

The Communications and Mentoring Programme aims to coach young African conservation biologists through research work, writing theses or dissertations, writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and development of grant proposals. Mentees are assigned to mentors that have relevant research expertise and years of cognate experience. The program runs on electronic communication platform, coordinated by the Programme Coordination Unit. Interest mentors, mentees and independent reviewers should please contact the Program Coordinator, Ademola Ajagbe. Membership in SCB is not required.


The team is led by Erika Barthelmess & assisted by Delali Dovie. The newsletter is aimed at publishing conservation short articles to inform various disciplines of the global community about biological conservation in Africa. It is not tailored to any particular group of people and disciplines but more beneficial to conservation biologists, anthropologists, sociologists and biologists as a whole. It is also meant to provide appropriate and relevant information to general conservation workers, managers, policymakers, academics and students in the field of conservation. The editorial team comprises Erika Barthelmess (Editor), Delali Dovie (Proof editor), Beth Kaplin, Michel Masozera (French), Stephen Awoyemi & Fatimata Pale (French).

Young Women Conservation Biologists' Group (YWCB)

The YWCB was established in 2005 in answer to the problem of dearth of African women conservation professionals in the continent. The group’s main goal is to advance career opportunities for young African women conservation scientists. Please visit the YWCB  area  for more information.

Short Course

Tasked with the aim of developing suitable and appropriate advanced conservation biology short courses in Africa, the team’s work is coordinated by Ronald Abrams and Alison Ormsby. They are supported by Delali Dovie, Stephen Awoyemi, Norbert Cordeiro, Ursula Berchet, Moussa Diarrassouba, Fatimata Pale, Derek Pomeroy, David Obura, Phoebe Barnard and Andy Plumptre.

Social Science and Gender Committee (SSGC)

The Board of Directors of the SCB Africa Section approved a working committee on “Social Science and Gender” issues to implement the mission of the SCB on the African continent. This is a follow-up to outcomes of the Africa section meeting in the San Jose 2006 meeting. Two key documents that will be pursued are the Millennium Development Goals (MDG 1, MDG 2, MDG 7, MDG 8) and the Environment Initiative of the new partnership for Africa’s development (NEPAD). The broad working mandates of the committee are: (a) To pursue societal issues in the interest of the Africa section and SCB that focus on equity in all aspects of the section’s agenda and programmes. (b) To deal with social dimensions of conservation issues on the continent and in partnership with other teams, sections, and groups (e.g. the SSWG). The present managers are Gabriella Temm and Delali Dovie.

Conservation, Policy, Education and Science Committee (COPESCO)

In 2007, the Board of Directors of the SCB Africa Section gave a directive to energize the Conservation, Policy, Education and Science Committee as stated in the by-laws of the Africa Section. COPESCO will effectively conceptualize solutions to emerging challenges in African conservation and be a forum for creative thinking ultimately to support the science and practice of conserving Africa’s biological diversity and environment. The mission of COPESCO is to facilitate the knowledge of Conservation Biology in Africa. For more information contact Stephen Awoyemi.



This is aimed at mining and providing relevant information that is easily accessible to both SCB and non-SCB members at large through the Africa Section website. The work here is coordinated by with assistance from the SCB Executive Office that maintains and runs the site. All section members are freelance and inherent contributors to the site through the coordinator and our Science Officer, Belinda Reyers


The group will be headed by Steve Caicco and assisted by Lindsay Magnuson with support from Beth Kaplin. If you have any thoughts about fundraising activities, and sources of funding to enable us accomplish our tasks, or wish to help develop fundraising strategies for our section please contact the personnel above who have offered to coordinate our fund-raising activities and strategies.