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July 22, 2022
SPOTLIGHT: What to look forward to at #WWFatAPAC22 today and tomorrow

July 22

 Assessing community responses to climate change and impacts on biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa at MH1.

8:30 – 10:00 Raise awareness for governments to consider certification of PAs at AD4. Moderator: Alice Ruhweza - Africa Director, WWF International. Panelist: Annah Agasha (FSC), Richard Kapere (Uganda Wildlife Authority), Martin Asiimwe (WWF Uganda)

09:30-11:00 Forest Elephants in Central Africa-Outlook for recovery and co-existence at the WWF Pavillion.

10:30 – 12:00 The impact of climate change on biodiversity & paradigm shift to manage for change at T2. Session Manager: Harisoa Rakotondrazafy - Africa Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator, WWF Madagascar.

12:00-14:00 SADC Transfrontier Conservation Areas: an innovative approach to landscape connectivity, socio-economic development, and regional integration (SADC, Member States) at the SADC Pavillion stand 16.

14:00-15:30 WWF Collaboration model in implementing the BIODEV project at Panda Hut.

14:00-17:00 Wrap-up sessions to summarize key messages, actions, and recommendations at KCC Auditorium; MH1; and T1.

16:00- 17 30 Holistic approach to preventing wildlife crime at Panda Hut.

17:30-20:30 Panda Cocktail Dinner at the Terrace, Radisson Blue Hotel [Image below]

18:00-19:00 Movie Premier: The Royal Elephants of Samburu at Panda Hut. 
Brief: During the poaching epidemic when older females in other elephant families were killed for their ivory, the Royals stayed intact thanks to the wisdom of their matriarch. Today the family faces new challenges - human-elephant conflict, loss of habitat and the impact of climate change.

18:00-20:00 The Greater Kruger Strategic Development Programme – a collaborative landscape partnership approach at T3.

July 23: Plenary Closing Ceremony

09:30-11:00 Transformative Youth engagement and initiatives around protected areas at the Panda Hut.
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Key #WWFatAPAC22 highlights from July 21


Business As Usual Will Not Meet The Needs of People and Nature in Africa, says WWF at first ever protected areas congress

WWF in Africa on 21st July 2022 launched its “Strategic Plan for Africa: 2021 - 2025” a call to move beyond business as usual and make nature everyone's business. The launch took place at the Africa Protected Areas Congress - APAC, happening at the Kigali Conference Centre in Rwanda.

This strategic plan fits with the objective of the Africa Protected Areas Congress - taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, this week - to position Africa’s protected and conserved areas within the broader goals of economic development and community wellbeing.

WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini said: “APAC presents us with a unique opportunity to bring everyone together to reconnect after what seems like far too long in isolation - to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of protected and conserved area conservation in Africa and make progress towards a collective vision and a clear way forward. WWF’s new Africa strategy - nested in WWF’s global conservation strategy - provides a framework for strengthening how we work together in the region, both within WWF and in partnership with all relevant stakeholders, from governments to businesses and investors, organized civil society, youth, Indigenous Peoples and local communities.”

Alice Ruhweza, WWF Africa Regional Director, said: “The urgency of meeting the needs of people and the planet sustainably has never been greater. Both are facing enormous pressures and hold significant promise too. But these pressures cannot be overcome, or these promises realized, by one person or one organization alone. We must embrace these challenges and opportunities together - with diversity as our strength - a collection of voices across communities, countries, sectors and political perspectives coming together as one voice for people and the planet.”

Read the entire press release here, watch the launch event here and read the WWF Africa Strategy summary here.
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WWF strategic high-level engagement with government leaders to emphasise the need to prioritize biodiversity and people-led conservation

The Director General of WWF International, Marco Lambertini, met with Cameroon's Minister of Forest and Wildlife Jules Doret Ndongo on the sideline of the Africa Protected Area Congress in Kigali, Rwanda. They discussed inclusive conservation and Cameroon's commitment to mainstream respect for human rights and the rights of indigenous people in the implementation of conservation activities.  

Both leaders upheld the commitment to conservation through protected areas in general and agreed to pursue efforts to protect Cameroon's rich biodiversity for the well-being of people and the planet.
In the Media
East African Countries Seek Cross-Border Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Trafficking and

Business As Usual Will Not Meet The Needs Of People And Nature In Africa -Report and

Countries From Greater Virunga Landscape Urged To Jointly Tackle Conservation Challenges

Nigeria and Gabon champion biodiversity conservation using traditional knowledge

WWF on how to bridge the conservation policy gap in Africa
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For events and meetings contact Linda Ongoma, Executive Assistant and main contact of the WWF Delegation

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