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July 15, 2022

"WWF has been involved in the establishment and management of Protected Areas (PA) globally for many years. In Africa, this experience goes back several decades and includes various approaches across different ecosystems, habitats, species, countries, and political and social contexts. WWF is committed to refining and strengthening its support for area-based conservation and protected area management. WWF is also committed to promoting an inclusive human rights-based approach to conservation that balances the needs of people and the planet through local engagement, ownership, and joint accountability."

Alice Ruhweza - WWF Africa Region Director.

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The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) from July 18-23rd is a landmark hybrid event for nature conservation and sustainable development in Africa. The first-ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups, in Kigali, Rwanda, 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.

APAC seeks to position Africa’s protected and conserved areas within the broader goals of economic development and community well-being and to increase the understanding of the vital role parks play in conserving biodiversity and delivering the ecosystem services that underpin human welfare and livelihoods.

We at WWF see APAC as an avenue to create space and opportunities for strong partnerships. The congress affords WWF an opportunity to highlight our best practices on how we:

  • Value the role of protected areas/conserved areas to support the people and biodiversity agenda.

  • Address challenges to ensure effective governance and functionalities and support long-term finance.

  • Bring innovation in managing protected areas/conserved areas.

The nature of WWF’s engagement in the establishment, support, and management of protected and conserved areas encompassed involves a wide range of stakeholders, including local and national government, private sector, local communities and other NGO partners, and a diverse set of issues and approaches, including law enforcement, policy influencing, illegal wildlife trade, human-wildlife conflict, research and monitoring, restoration, ecotourism, and alternative and sustainable livelihoods.

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

Register here.
Download the APAC Programme here and the social media toolkit here.

If you are attending APAC in person, visit us at the Panda Hut Pavilion 17. See our pavilion events here.

For more information, contact wwf-africa-communications@wwfint.org
Follow the conversation online #WWFatAPAC22

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