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July 18, 2022
SPOTLIGHT: What to look forward to at #WWFatAPAC22 today
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda will today officially open the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) the landmark hybrid event for nature conservation and sustainable development in Africa. The congress in Kigali, Rwanda ends July 23.

The High-Level Panel Discussion moderated by President Kagame will explore the key messages APAC hopes to deliver to stress the importance of PCAs in safeguarding biodiversity and in achieving sustainable development on the continent

The first-ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups will discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s iconic wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, and promoting sustainable development while conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions.

For more about the panellists and the opening ceremony, see and click the image below.

Check all the Plenary Sessions here.

Here is where the Pandas are speaking.

Visit our Panda Hut here.

The Youth Voice: #WWFatAPAC22

WWF Africa participated in a three-day Youth Pre-APAC Congress from July 15-17, that brought together youth from across the continent. The Pre-congress gave the youth an opportunity to share their ideas to improve protected areas management.

At the event, five youth leaders from the Top100 initiative, drawn from Madagascar and Rwanda discussed their partnerships with WWF and other conservation organizations.

Alice Nchare, WWF Youth Lead of the Africa Hub made a presentation on “The implication of youth in supporting the Protected Areas and Climate Change Agenda in Africa."

Other speakers at the three-day event included Laurent Some, Head of Policy and Partnership at WWF-Africa Region, Alice Estelle, WWF Africa Climate Change Adaptation Technical Assistant,and Hon Rosemary Mbabazi, Rwanda Cabinet Minister for Youth and Culture.

In the Media

Rwanda to host the first congress on conservation of Africa’s protected areas https://meshascience.org/rwanda-to-host-first-congress-on-conservation-of-africas-protected-areas/

Maiden African Protected Areas Congress opens in Kigali today https://www.ugstandard.com/maiden-african-protected-areas-congress-opens-in-kigali-today/

Rwanda to Host First Congress on Conservation of Africa’s Protected Areas - https://www.talkafrica.co.ke/rwanda-to-host-first-congress-on-conservation-of-africas-protected-areas/


Rwanda hosts inaugural Africa congress on protected areas https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/rwanda-hosts-inaugural-africa-congress-protected-areas 

We need an African model on conservation – Kaddu Sebunya https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/we-need-african-model-conservation-kaddu-sebunya 

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For media interviews, contact Rose Thuo, Head of Communications and Marketing, Africa WWF-International wwf-Africa-communications@wwfint.org

For events and meetings contact Linda Ongoma, Executive Assistant and main contact of the WWF Delegation Longoma@wwfint.org

Follow the conversation online #WWFatAPAC22

To learn more about our position and WWF-led sessions, visit our website africa.panda.org/apac.
 

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