African Conference for Linear Infrastructure & Ecology
Imagining the Future
The Third African Conference for Linear Infrastructure and Ecology (ACLIE), co-hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Grevy’s Zebra Trust (GZT) and Ewaso Lions (EL) will be taking place on the 18 September 2023 – 22 September 2023.
Africa is currently seeing exponential expansion of linear infrastructure (which includes roads, rail, power lines, pipelines, water ways, and fencing), as a result of continental, regional and national economic development targets. In its current form, much of this infrastructure has largely negative consequences for the ecosystems it transects, eroding landscape connectivity, accelerating biodiversity loss and undermining the ecosystem services on which long-term sustainable development relies.
The environmental and infrastructure sectors in Africa are at the early stages of adopting a meaningful collaborative agenda for developing ecologically sustainable linear infrastructure. There are efforts, lessons and knowledge emerging from various parts of the continent which highlight a pressing need to move this agenda forward.
To promote a safe and ecologically sustainable pan-African linear infrastructure
To promote networking opportunities and effective partnerships that facilitate communication and exchange of knowledge, ideas and news.
ACLIE 2023 aims to provide a space for leaders from across Africa and the world, and across disciplines and sectors to discuss these questions, adopt new ones, and set the foundations for answering them. It is through this process that we can imaginatively contribute towards shaping a future for the continent which is truly inclusive and green.
“I am very impressed by the large South African and African representation. You have attracted a very impressive, very comprehensive range of wildlife protection-related people from the African Continent.”
Leonard Sielecki, Wildlife Program Manager – British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
“The ACLIE conference is an exceptional event, that coordinates industry, civil society, government, and specialists to come together to discuss theory and feasibility surrounding linear infrastructure and its practice through Africa. The conference is a founding pillar towards responsible development in Africa.”
Kishaylin Chetty, Senior Environmental Advisor – Eskom
“ACLIE has been an extremely important convergence of knowledge, expertise, and practice from the linear infrastructure and ecology and conservation worlds. We have seen everything from demonstrations of laying overpasses to the importance of road verges and powerline diverters. Critically, we have also received commitments from major financiers of how they intend, and are, streamlining their policies to ensure that, as Africa builds new infrastructure, our landscapes will remain connected, and we will remain the drivers of the process. There are few things more hopeful.”
Resson Kantai Duff, Deputy Director – Ewaso Lions
“Despite the challenges of holding a conference remotely, ACLIE 2020 was superbly organised and moderated. Participants were lively and active, and I got to meet and learn from a lot of globally experienced ecologists and industry professionals. I especially enjoyed listening to cutting edge innovations in modelling and data collection as well as successful Private-Public Partnerships that have informed infrastructure development. Can’t wait for the next conference!”
David Kimiti, Deputy Director Research & Impact – Grevy’s Zebra Trust
Brackenhurst is a stunning conference and retreat centre located just 20 km Northwest of Nairobi.
In 2001, they dedicated themselves to the restoration of a vast indigenous forest through eco-conscious initiatives. Since then, they have become one of Kenya’s most unique conference destinations.
Important Dates and Events
Monday, 18 September 2023
Thursday, 21 September 2023
INCLUDED DAY TRIPS
Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Entire group to do day trips into Nairobi National Park, Rift Valley etc. followed by the Gala & Awards Dinner back at Brackenhurst.
Monday, 13 March 2023
Monday, 06 March 2023
Friday 22nd – Monday 25th
Take an additional trip (hosted by partners) to Samburu, Tsavo or the Masai Mara
Thursday 14 September to Friday 15 September – Online Global Congress for Linear Infrastructure and Environment hosted by ACLIE
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