A “shared earth” approach to put biodiversity at the heart of the sustainable development in Africa

This paper published by AFD's Research Papers collection analyses how the main discourses that structure the GBF are playing out with respect to the specific challenges and aspirations of Sub-Saharan African countries. It outlines the directions in which African countries’ voices could change the dominant narrative on biodiversity protection, towards a broader narrative framed by commons approaches. These explore how conservation, the sustainable use of biodiversity, and exploitation of natural resources in supply chains, can effectively arrive at a balance that could be at the heart of future development that addresses local needs and priorities within the broader contexts of national and regional governance and development aspirations.