Privacy and Cookie Policy

The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union e.V. (NABU)

This privacy policy describes the processing of personal data when using the AfriEvolve website ( It also explains the choices you have about your personal information (“your rights”) and how you can contact us.

I. Who is responsible and how can I contact the Data Protection Representative?

The person responsible within the meaning of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is

NABU (The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany) e.V.
Charitéstraße 3
1011 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0) 30-28 49 84-0
Fax +49 (0) 30-28 49 84-20 00

Register court: Amtsgericht Stuttgart | Register number: VR 2303
VAT identification-No.: DE 155765809

President: Jörg-Andreas Krüger, Managing Director: Susanne Baumann, Leif Miller

If you have any questions about the processing of your personal data by us or about data protection in general, please contact our data protection representative at the following e-mail address:

II. Your rights as person concerned

Each affected person has the following rights:

  • Right of access by the data subject (Art. 15 GDPR),
  • Right of rectification (Art. 16 GDPR),
  • Right of erasure, or better, a „right to be forgotten“ (Art. 17 GDPR),
  • Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR),
  • Right for data portability (Art. 20 GDPR).

You can object to the processing of personal data for advertising purposes including an analysis of customer data for advertising purposes at any time without stating reasons.

In addition, the person concerned also has a general right to object (cf. Art. 21 (1) GDPR). In this case, the objection against data processing must be substantiated. If the data processing is based on consent, your consent can be revoked at any time with effect for the future.
The easiest way to exercise your rights of objection is to contact If you would like to have a secure transmission, please contact us by post. For all other data protection concerns, especially confidential ones, you can contact our external data protection officer, Dr. Stefan Drewes, directly via the e-mail address

III. Processing of personal data by NABU

Below we would like to give you an overview of how we ensure the protection of your personal data when accessing our website and which types of personal data we process for which purposes and to what extent.

1. Processing of data when accessing our website – Log files

When you access our website, general information is automatically collected. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider and the like. In addition, the IP address is transmitted and used to offer the service you have requested. This information is technically necessary for the correct delivery of content requested by you from websites and is mandatory when using the internet.
This log file data is anonymised by us immediately after the end of the usage process or stored for a period of around two weeks in order to recognise and analyse any attacks against our website, after which it is deleted. Legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.

2. Processing of data when using the website – your enquiries

If you send us an inquiry by e-mail or via the contact form, we will collect the data you provide for handling and answering your request. We store this information for a period of three to eleven years due to statutory retention periods for verification purposes. The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) in the case of pre-contractual/contractual relations and/or otherwise f) GDPR.

3. Processing of data when using the website – watching YouTube videos

Our website contains videos provided by the platform YouTube, which is operated by Google (Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland). The platform is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

To be able to play YouTube videos you have to accept that YouTube is processing some of your data. If you accept, the video is activated and a connection is established to YouTube’s servers which are mostly outside of the EU/EEA. A lower level of data protection is therefore possible. The established connection will inform the YouTube server which of our pages you have visited. However, the YouTube videos are embedded in the enhanced privacy mode provided by YouTube, so that the data processing by YouTube is limited and no cookies are set.

If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube might directly associate your surfing behavior with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used in the interest of an appealing presentation of our online offers and with your consent according to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR. We only record the extent to which YouTube videos integrated into our site are accessed and delete this data when we have no further use.

Further information on the handling of user data can be found in YouTube’s data protection declaration at:

4. Possible recipients of your data

Within the organisation of the data controller, only those entities that need access to your data will be given access to your data in order to fulfil their tasks. The need derives from our contractual and legal obligations as well as on the basis of the consideration of interests, taking into account the respective data category. Service providers employed by the responsible party may also receive data for these purposes if they are commissioned as processors in accordance with Art. 28 GDPR.

Possible recipients of personal data are for example:

  • national and international environmental protection organisations within the framework of global strategies and global environmental protection connected to the project ‘AfriEvolve’;
  • Cooperation partners with whom joint actions and projects (e.g. participatory campaigns) are carried out online or by means of print products;
  • public bodies and institutions (e.g. regulatory and investigative authorities, financial authorities, Federal Central Tax Office) when there is a legal or official obligation or cooperation;
  • Funding/third-party funding bodies, provided that the action, event or similar is financed by funds/third-party funding;
  • other credit and financial services institutions;
  • Contract processors, for the support/maintenance of EDP/IT applications, archiving, document processing, compliance services, controlling, data screening in accordance with legal requirements, printing and sending personalised letters, sending e-mails, data destruction, auditing services and payment transactions;
  • other data recipients on the basis of a consent given by you.

5. Transfer of data to a third country or international organisation

A data transfer to countries outside the EU or the EEA (so-called third countries) is only carried out if this is necessary for the execution of your requests, if it is required by law (e.g. tax reporting obligations), if you have given us your consent or within the scope of a commissioned data processing. If third country service providers are used, in addition to written instructions, they must take appropriate measures (e.g. agreement on the EU standard contractual clauses) to comply with the level of data protection in Europe.

IV Our cookie policy

A website can use so-called cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your terminal and stored by your browser. They serve to make websites more user-friendly, more effective and safer. There are so-called temporary cookies, which are automatically deleted when you close your browser (“session cookies”), as well as persistent (permanent) cookies.
We do not use any cookies on our website.

V Notes on ensuring data security

We take technical and operational security precautions on our pages in order to protect the personal data stored with us against access by third parties, loss or misuse and to enable secure data transfer. In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption procedures (certified SSL) via HTTPS.

We must point out that due to the structure of the internet, unwanted data access by third parties may occur. It is therefore also your responsibility to protect your data against misuse by encryption or other means. Without appropriate protective measures, unencrypted data in particular can be read by third parties, even if this is done by e-mail.

We must point out that due to the structure of the internet, unwanted data access by third parties may occur. It is therefore also your responsibility to protect your data against misuse by encryption or other means. Without appropriate protective measures, unencrypted data in particular can be read by third parties, even if this is done by e-mail.

VI Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to adapt this data protection declaration so that it always corresponds to the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. when introducing new services. Your renewed visit will then be subject to the new data protection declaration.

January 2023

Project coordination / Coordination du projet

Funder / Bailleur de fonds


Project partner

Ghana Wildlife Society

Pilot project region

Mole National Park

Mole Nationalpark is mainly structured by open savannah forests with a high ornithological importance and is a significant wintering area for many migratory bird species.

Côte d’Ivoire

Project partner


Pilot project region

Azagny Nationalpark

Azagny Nationalpark consists of lagoons, evergreen (primary) forests, dry and wet coastal savannah, wetlands and mangrove areas, which are home to around 134 plant species and rare, endangered animal species.


Project partner

Nature Kenya

Pilot project region

Yala Swamp

Yala Swamp, the largest freshwater swamp of Kenya, is a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) at the north-eastern end of Lake Victoria and is providing vital resources to about 250,000 farmers.

Burkina Faso

Project partner


Pilot project region

Sourou Valley

Sourou Valley is a Sahelian riverine gateway from Mali to Burkina Faso with broad floodplain marshes and acacia forests.


Project partner

Nature Uganda

Pilot project region

Echuya Forest Reserve

Echuya Forest Reserve is a highland forest area at an altitude of 2,570 meters in the heart of the biodiversity rich Albertine Rift in western Uganda.


Project partner

Nature Tanzania

Pilot project region

Amani Forest Reserve

Amani Forest Reserve in the Tanzanian East Usambara Mountains is covered with remnants of very old forests and is of outstanding importance for nature and species conservation.

Tanzania, East Usambara Forest

The Usambara Mountains are located in the northeast of Tanzania, not far from the Indian Ocean coast and the border with Kenya, in the Tanga region. The mountains are partly still covered with remnants of very old (> 30 million years) forests and are of outstanding importance for nature and species conservation.

At the same time, the forests (a biosphere reserve and Amani Nature Reserve since 1997) are under severe pressure from high population density (120,000 people in 61 villages) due to logging, unsustainable agriculture, invasive species, gold mining and climate change.

Make cultivation more profitable and climate-adaptive

In the Amani Natural Forest Reserve, about 30,000 people live on 8,380 ha in Muheza district and are suffering from the impacts of climate change. Their food security is threatened by climate change and loss of ecosystem services, increasingly leading to the degradation of livelihoods of village communities. Spice cultivation is one of the main agricultural activities in Amani. However, there is a lack of skills, capacity and capital at the local level to make cultivation more profitable and climate-adaptive.

As part of AfriEvolve, Climate Smart Agriculture on smallholder spice farms is improved by micro-compost systems and agroforestry. Additionally, sustainable and innovative marketing strategies are promoted through a revolving fund system.

Organically grown pepper from the slopes of the East Usambara Mountains is dried in the sun and prepared for processing. – photo: Nature Tanzania

Burkina Faso, Sourou Valley

The Sourou Valley is a river valley on the border with Mali with a total area of 20,926 hectares. The valley consists of broad floodplain marshes and acacia forests. Large parts of the area are dominated by agricultural land, where only trees of economic value remain.

The valley is an Important Bird Area (IBA), but the natural resources are under considerable pressure: loss of floodplain forests due to agriculture, firewood collection, especially for fish smoking, and unsustainable fishing are damaging the area with its important ecosystem services in the long term. Poor soils and the resulting low yields lead to deforestation, which further exacerbates degradation.

Approaches to improve agricultural yields

Climate Smart Agriculture could help local communities in the Sourou Valley to improve their food security while renaturalising ecosystems.

To improve the agricultural yields, compost production has been implemented to generate fertile and nutritious humus that can increase crop yields in the poorer soils of this Sahelian region. Moreover, to create an alternative and sustainable source of income, beekeeping is being tested.

Planting trees in the Sahel region can contribute to making soils more fertile and therefore to an increased ecological value. – photo: NATURAMA

Côte d’Ivoire, Azagny National Park

The Azagny National Park (Région des Lagunes, Ramsar and IBA site) extends 100 kilometres west of Abidjan.

With lagoons, evergreen (primary) forests, dry and wet coastal savannah, wetlands and mangrove areas, the park is home to some 134 plant species and rare, endangered animal species such as forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis), West African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) and royal antelope (Neotrapus pygmaeus).

Sustainable cultivation of cocoa, coffee and other crops

Like the coastal region of Côte d’Ivoire in general, the protected and buffer zones of the national park face an increasing influx of internal migrants and thus increased pressure on its resources such wild meat, rattan, bast, mangroves. Additionally, in and around the park, oil palm, rubber, coconut, cocoa and coffee are industrially produced.

SOS-Forêts is working at the pilot site with small scale farmers to ensure they are able to grow their crops in a more sustainable and climate smart way. Particular attention is given to the sustainable cultivation of cocoa and beekeeping in agroforestry systems.

Beneficiaries of the AfriEvolve project at a training for sustainable beekeeping in the rainforest in Côte d’Ivoire. – photo: SOS-Forêts

Ghana, Mole National Park

Mognori (West Gonja District) is located in north-western Ghana, on the southern edge of Mole National Park.

Its natural vegetation consists of open savannah forests, but these have been severely affected by cattle over-grazing, shifting cultivation and slash and burn agriculture. The park is ornithological significant as an important wintering area for many migratory bird species.

Convey commmunity involvement

The approximately 41,000 inhabitants of Mognori live mainly from the resources of their environment and small-scale agriculture. Conflicts due to a lack of cooperation between communities and park authorities occur, partly due to weak community involvement in natural resource management. Ghana Wildlife Service will take on a mediator role to strengthen the cooperation between communities within the project by taking a mediator role. As an adaptation to the increasing drought in the region due to climate change, modern drip irrigation systems are being tested, which are supplied with energy by a solar system.

Mole National Park is of great ornithological importance with protected species such as the Northern puffback (Dryoscopus sabini). – photo: Ghana Wildlife Society

Uganda, Echuya Forest Reserve

Echuya Forest Reserve is a highland forest area at an altitude of 2,570 meters in the Albertine Rift in western Uganda, covering about 4,000 hectares. Echuya is in one of the most densely populated and poorest agricultural regions of the country.

The long-term conservation of the reserve depends directly on the surrounding population. With the support of Nature Uganda, the disadvantaged group of local Batwa was able to conclude an agreement with the government on access and sustainable use of the forest and thus finally have legalised access to the resources.

Working hand in hand with local stakeholders

However, what is still missing is the adaptation of agriculture to climate change. Nature Uganda has long-standing relationships with the local people, the government and forest management organisations, and works with the communities to implement Climate Smart Agriculture activities: trainings for farmers in organic agriculture and agroforestry are provided, and other income-generating activities such as beekeeping and small-scale livestock farming are piloted.

As a result of outdated cultivation methods such as the slash and burn agriculture, many areas are losing their ecological value. – photo: Nature Uganda

Kenya, Yala Delta

The Yala Delta borders with its 20,756 hectares Lake Victoria and is Kenya’s largest freshwater wetland and a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA). It acts as a critical filter for freshwater inflow into Lake Victoria.

The delta provides 250,000 farmers in its vicinity with vital resources such as fish, papyrus and timber. However, Yala’s ability to function is severely threatened by the establishment of large-scale agricultural enterprises by foreign investors and the overexploitation of its natural resources. The population is under enormous economic pressure and agricultural practices are not sustainable.

Land use plan for sustainable development

Due to land conflicts of the delta´s population with large investors, Nature Kenya developed a land use plan for sustainable development with all stakeholders including communities, investors, and the government to combine the different interests in the delta and to secure the income of the local population through Climate Smart Agriculture.

Within the Climate Smart Agriculture trainings, pilot projects such as small-scale fish and poultry farming are implemented. In addition, local youth groups are trained in sustainable beekeeping and honey production, as well as in processing sustainably harvested papyrus from the intact swamps.

A beneficiary farmer implementing intercropping-one of the CSA-CA techniques at a farm in Ndiha village – photo: Nature Kenya

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