NaturAfrica initiative

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The European Commission (EC) has removed Tanzania from the list of countries eligible for its 18 million Euro conservation grant to be launched in East Africa as part of its NaturAfrica initiative.

About NaturAfrica initiative:

  • The NaturAfrica initiative is a European Union (EU) program aimed at supporting biodiversity conservation in Africa through a people-centred approach.
  • It identifies key landscapes for conservation and development, focusing on creating jobs, improving security, and sustainable livelihoods while preserving ecosystems and wildlife.
  • The initiative is structured around two pillars: short-term actions in key landscapes and medium-term support to address the root causes of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation by integrating these concerns into other sectors.

About European Commission:

  • The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union (EU), responsible for proposing new laws and policies, monitoring their implementation, managing the EU budget, and ensuring the correct application of EU policies and laws across member states.
  • It is composed of 27 members, known as Commissioners, each representing a different member state.

The Commission is led by the President, who is elected by the European Parliament and proposed by the European Council.

Q1. What is the European Union?

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 countries primarily located in Europe. It promotes democratic values and is a powerful trade bloc. The EU was formed to strengthen economic and political cooperation among its member states, which have a combined GDP of over $16.6 trillion and a population of over 448 million.

Source: Fortress Conservation: Tanzania now ineligible for European Union conservation grant over Maasai evictions