"A set of concrete principles and development goals that soundly move the value of natural capital from the periphery to the center of development planning..."



Vision of the Initiative

Please click to Download the Gaborone Declaration (2012)

Please click to Download the Gaborone Declaration (2012)

In May 2012, ten African heads of states in collaboration with some public and private sector partners held a two day summit where sustainability was the core of the discussions.  The summit resulted in the Gaborone Declaration Sustainability for Africa where countries committed to implementing all conventions and declarations that promote sustainable development.  The overall  objective of the Declaration is “To ensure that the contributions of natural capital to sustainable economic growth, maintenance and improvement of social capital and human well-being are quantified and integrated into development and business practice”  This was propelled by the signatories’ realization of the limitations that GDP has as a measure of wellbeing and sustainable growth.  The following action statements are the impetus of the Declaration:

Map of Gaborone Initiative Member Countries (© CI -Victor Ramos). Please click for a larger view.

Action Statement 1: Integrating the value of natural capital into national accounting and corporate planning and reporting processes, policies, and programmes, in agreed efforts.

Action Statement 2: Building social capital and reducing poverty by transitioning agriculture, extractive industries, fisheries and other natural capital uses to practices that promote sustainable employment, food security, sustainable energy and the protection of natural capital through protected areas and other mechanisms.

Action Statement 3: Building knowledge, data, capacity and policy networks to promote leadership and new model in the field of sustainable development and to increase momentum for positive change.


Gaborone Conference October 2013

The GDSA signatories committed to share information on progress on pursuing the vision of the initiative on an annual basis hence the follow up meeting of October 7-8. One of the main outputs of the meeting will be the adoption of an Implementation Framework which will provide a pathway for signatories to implement the Declaration.  Other expected outputs are:

  • Facilitation of a wider uptake of Natural Capital Accounting by countries and private companies

  • Facilitation of Africa’s engagement with global development discourse on the post 2015 framework on Rio+20 outcomes

  • Demonstration of best practice on sustainability and natural capital accounting

  • Solicitation of more partners for the implementation of the declaration

The workshop program comprises of the technical segment on Day 1 and the ministerial segment on Day 2. Some signatory countries will also present case studies in line with the action statements covering the following sustainability issues: Payment for Ecosystem Services for agriculture and poverty reduction, Natural Capital Accounting, Sustainable Mining, Corporate Planning and Public Private Partnerships. 

The government of Botswana is organizing this meeting in partnership with Conservation International, World Bank, United Nations Development Program and the Convention of Biological Diversity Secretariat. The venue for the two day meeting is the Gaborone Sun.

If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact Edward Yeilding at eyeilding@conservation.org