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Living together with Nature to conserve Biodiversity

The coexistence of man with nature is important, even within spaces deemed to be “wild” which are largely inhabited by indigenous peoples. African territories often present a mosaic of natural ecosystems and agroecosystems, and wild animals meet humans there also during their migrations. This has given rise to a co-evolution of certain species with man. To be effective, nature conservation must now take into account these “man, society, nature” links and also promote human well-being.


14:00 - 14:20

Domestication and ethnoecology of fig trees: their role for biodiversity

Presenter: Younes Hmimsa (CEFE, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Morocco / Department of Life Sciences, Polydisciplinary Faculty of Larache)

The fig tree (L.) is an emblematic fruit tree of the Mediterranean in the same way as the olive tree, the vine or the almond tree. Its cultivation is widespread in the Rif mountains where it represents a characteristic element of these traditional agroecosystems. Faced with the important and exceptional varietal diversity of the fig tree, we thus propose to understand the factors favoring the spontaneous / domesticated duality, especially in traditional orchards and to study this coexistence according to the diversity of areas, dialects and uses.

14:20 - 14:50

Animal migration, conservation and ecology, case study of the African elephant.

Presenters: Simon Chamaillé - Jammes 1 , Arnold Tshipa 2 , Adrian Shrader  3 ( by videoconference )

1 Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, CNRS, EPHE, IRD, Univ Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, Montpellier, France.

2 National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

3 Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

Migration is a spectacular phenomenon, key for the conservation of many species. We will review the challenges facing migratory ungulates and present the Global Ungulate Migration Initiative. We will summarize the results of a study on elephant migration in a cross-border conservation area in southern Africa, and present a study questioning the sensory ecology of migration in this species.

14:50 - 15:10

The coexistence of Humans and Wildlife in transboundary conservation areas is determined by the integration of conservation, development and human well-being

Presenter: Prisca Mugabe (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)








Authors  :  Prisca Mugabe, Alexandre Caron, Edson Gandiwa

1 Institution, Faculty of Agriculture, Environment and Food Systems, University of Zimbabwe

2 Research Platform-Production and Conservation in Partnership

Successful conservation of wildlife on a transboundary scale is not just about protecting biodiversity. People who coexist with wildlife face the challenges and realities of geophysical, social and economic contexts. Wildlife conservation needs to take into account almost all sustainable development goals, the cost of coexistence with wildlife, local and global conservation expectations, experiences, scale, funding and innovation.

15:10 - 16:30

Round table and conclusion: "major biodiversity issues in Africa"

Participants: Prisca Mugabe (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe), Fabrice DeClerck (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT, Belgium), Christelle Gonmadje (University of Yaounde I, Cameroon), Allassane Ouattara (Nangui Abrogoua University, Côte d'Ivoire) , Anshuman Rana (Sud Expert Program Plantes Développement Durable - SEP2D, IRD, France)










Round table :

The major issues that emerge during the five sessions will be debated with the objective of formulating recommendations for research and collaboration between Africa and France and to contribute to human well-being and the conservation of biodiversity.   

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The experts


Younes Hmimsa

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Simon Chamaillé-Jammes

S. Chamaillé-Jammes is Director of Research at the CNRS, specializing in the study of the behavior and dynamics of populations of large mammals. A. Tshipa is a young Zimbabwean environmentalist and A. Shrader is an assistant professor of animal behavior at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.


Arnold tshipa

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Adrian shrader

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Prisca mugabe

Deputy Dean of the University of Zimbabwe, Prisca Hazvinei Mugabe holds a Doctorate in Ecology and Range Management (Texas A&M University), an MSc. Grassland Science (University of Reading) and BSc. Agriculture, Animal Sciences (University of Zimbabwe).  

Prisca has devoted decades to university education, research and community outreach on pasture management and assessment, sustainable livelihoods related to pastures and transboundary conservation areas. A passionate communicator, she has published articles intended for various audiences of scientists and practitioners.

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Fabrice DeClerck

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Christelle Gonmadje

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Allassane Ouattara

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Anshuman Rana

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