The first-ever African Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is a continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens and interest groups that will assemble to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development and conserving the region’s cultural heritage and traditions. Meeting on the theme, ‘Protected Areas: Delivering Benefits for Nature and People,’ the Congress will address three focal areas: protected areas; people; and biodiversity. Its objectives include:
- Promoting the role of protected areas in conserving nature, supporting sustainable development and human well-being, and making commitments to secure a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage;
- Sharing experiences and best practices for harmonizing conservation and human development needs, and developing strategic mechanisms and partnerships for ensuring long-term sustainability;
- Setting a common agenda and a shared vision for Africa’s protected areas, and ensuring they are included in the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063; and
- Developing priorities and strategies on issues of common interest, and providing a strong African voice and consolidated input into the development of the post-2020 global framework for biodiversity.
APAC is organized with support from the Kenyan Government, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas and international and local partners.
dates: 18-23 November 2019
location: Nairobi, Kenya