Podcast | Navigating Conservation Challenges in Africa | Ademola Ajagba

Today we’re speaking with an old friend and colleague Ademola Ajagba, the Regional Managing Director at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for Africa.

Ademola discusses the urgent challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, emphasizing the need for scalable solutions and partnership-based approaches for meaningful impact.

He shares TNC’s mission, its’ conservation model, and strategies for using partnership, science, and sustainable finance to tackle the biodiversity crisis.

We also discuss TNC’s work in Africa, highlighting specific conservation efforts in the Congo Basin and innovative projects like the Nairobi Water Fund.

Ademola then recounts his journey from a childhood fascinated by nature to his career in conservation – offering insights into effective leadership, the importance of partnership, and the transformational power of local capacity building in conservation efforts.

Finally, Ademola provides career advice for those aspiring to work in conservation, underscoring the importance of passion, impact, people skills, and resilience in the face of challenges.

It’s a wide-ranging, impactful and Africa-focussed podchat.

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Visit The Nature Conservancy’s website to learn more about their work in Africa.

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