Bat Conservation Africa is a network of individual researchers, conservationists and educators who came together to work towards a shared vision – the conservation of African bats. The network was launched at the first African Bat Conservation Summit, which was held in Naivasha, Kenya (9-15 February 2013). Thirty bat researchers and conservationists from 19 countries across Africa, together with twelve bat conservationists from Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, UK, Germany and Australia discussed the new network in a week long meeting. Key challenges and opportunities were identified. A six person steering committee was established, comprising one representative from each of the six regions (Southern, East, West, Central and North Africa, and the Western Indian Ocean islands) for Africa. The steering committee is tasked with directing the activities of the network to achieve its objectives.
The event was organised and funded by Bat Conservation International (BCI) with immense support from: