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July 20, 2022
SPOTLIGHT: What to look forward to at #WWFatAPAC22 today

10:00-11:00 Mangroves for resilience: the latest data from the Western Indian Ocean at the Panda Hut Pavillion.

10:30-12:00 More effectiveness, more expansion of PAs or the importance of OECMs? at the KCC Auditorium. Moderator: Margaret Kinnaird - Wildlife Practice Lead, WWF International.

10:30-12: 00 Novel approaches to address drivers of wildlife trafficking in SADC TFCA Landscapes (Great Limpopo, KAZA and Malawi-Zambia TFCA) at the SADC Pavilion.

11:30-13:00 Driving innovative strategy for climate and protected areas at the Panda Hut Pavillion. Moderator Alice Ruhweza - Africa Director, WWF International.

12: 00-14:00 Addressing Law Enforcement and Anti-poaching (LEAP) as a region: success and challenges (SADC, VukaNow, GIZ Partnership), at the SADC Pavilion.

14:00-15: 30 Protected & Conserved Areas, & the importance of Capacity at T2 room. Panellist: Drew Mcvey - Wildlife Crime Initiative Technical Advisor for East Africa, WWF Kenya.

14:00-17:30
Co-Management in Protected Areas: viable approach to promote biodiversity conservation and enhance human well-being at the MH1 Hall.

16: 00-17:30 Sharing experiences on sustainable Renewable Energy financing at T2 roomKey speaker: Marco Lambertini, Director General WWF International and Dr. Brian Isabirye, Commissioner RE Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), Uganda.

Check all the Plenary Sessions here.

Here is where the Pandas are speaking.

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Key #WWFatAPAC22 highlights from July 19

Photos credit: André Rugema in Kigali, Rwanda. See more photos here.

PRESS CONFERENCE

WWF is calling for ambitious commitments to create effectively managed, governed, and well-funded conserved areas that safeguard the livelihoods of the people around them at the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) taking place in Kigali, Rwanda next week. WWF believes that protected areas must contribute to nature conservation, climate adaptation and mitigation and advance the well-being of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.  

Alice Ruhweza, WWF Africa Region Director, said: “Africa is on the front line of the crises in climate and nature. Africa’s protected and conserved areas are of great ecological, social, economic, and cultural importance, providing resources that support communities and enable pathways for adaptation to climate change. We are calling for stronger recognition of the role of protected and conserved areas in climate change adaptation and mitigation and consolidation of scientific, traditional knowledge and best practices on the nexus between protected and conserved areas (P&CAs), biodiversity, people, and climate change.”

Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director-General, said: "Biodiversity loss is one of the critical challenges of our time. Conserving, restoring and sustainably managing the natural spaces left on the planet] are all key elements of becoming a nature-positive society. WWF is committed to refining and strengthening its support for area-based conservation, particularly protected area management, at a time when governments are discussing a global target of protecting at least 30% of the world’s land, ocean, and freshwater systems. To deliver such an ambitious conservation target, WWF is also committed to promoting an inclusive rights-based approach to conservation that balances the needs of people and the planet through local engagement, ownership, and joint accountability. We welcome and share the objectives of APAC, looking at protected and conserved areas as a key tool to address climate change and support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals."

Read the entire press release here.
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Photos credit: Happy Ali in Kigali, Rwanda. See more photos here.

LAUNCH: LIVING WITH BIG CATS INITIATIVE 

WWF International and Panthera officially signed an overarching MoU signifying a formal partnership committed to conserving wild cats and the launch of the ‘Living with Big Cats’ Initiative. The initiative focuses on the conflict and coexistence aspects of conserving lions, jaguars and snow leopards.

WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini and Panthera CEO Frederic Launay inked the deal that seeks to minimize the threats big cats such as lions, snow leopards and jaguars, face and protect the crucial biodiversity that exists within their landscapes through actively engaging local communities. Focused on six priority big cat landscapes in Africa, South America and Asia, the initiative seeks to engage communities that live alongside big cats to understand their challenges, propose adaptive and scalable solutions and foster coexistence.
In the Media
Lead conservation group calls for strong African leadership for protected areas https://meshascience.org/lead-conservation-group-calls-for-strong-african-leadership-for-protected-areas/

Kigali summit to outline strategy for nature conservation in Africa | Conservation | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/17/africa-nature-conservation-apac-kigali-summit-aoe

Climate change killing more elephants than poachers says Tourism CS Balala https://nation.africa/kenya/news/politics/climate-change-killing-more-elephants-than-poachers-says-tourism-cs-balala-3885604

APAC 2022: It’s time to make a strong case for African leadership in protected areas https://theinformerug.com/2022/07/19/apac-2022-its-time-to-make-a-strong-case-for-african-leadership-in-protected-areas/
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Contact Us

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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