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Africa Protected Area Congress 2022 (APAC)

The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress brings together diverse groups to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature and delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services while promoting sustainable development and conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions.

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Launch of WWF Strategic Plan for Africa 2021 - 2025

The WWF Strategic Plan for Africa aims to create shared spaces that ensure co-existence between nature and people’s needs; by engaging the whole of society to ensure nature is everyone’s business.

The strategy demystifies two big myths: One, that Conservation and Economic Development cannot co-exist; and two, that Conservation is only for the elite few.  The strategic plan calls for an overarching approach of inclusive conservation that ensures everyone’s voice is heard.

Download the WWF Africa Strategy here and the summary here.

WWF's APAC 2022 Newsletters

#WWFatAPAC2022 Newsletter from Friday, 15th of July
#WWFatAPAC2022 Newsletter from Monday, 18th of July
#WWFatAPAC2022 Newsletter from Wednesday, 20th of July
#WWFatAPAC2022 Newsletter from Thursday, 21st of July and Friday 22nd of July

WWF'S goals at APAC

WWF has been involved in establishing and managing 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. The nature of WWF’s engagement in the establishment, support, and management of protected and conserved areas has evolved over time to encompass 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. 

WWF is committed to refining and strengthening its support for area-based conservation, particularly 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.

WWF’s objectives at the Africa Protected Areas Congress include ambitious commitments to create effectively connected, managed, governed and well-funded Protected and Conserved Area networks. Protected areas must drive engagement, Africa's sustainable development agenda and the livelihoods of the people around them. 

Any commitments must also contribute to nature conservation, climate adaptation and mitigation and advance the well-being of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.  

WWF aims to debunk the myths that conservation is at odds with Africa’s aspirations for economic and social development and that nature and conservation is the business of the elite few.

Where are the pandas speaking?

High-level panelist: Marco Lambertini, DG WWF International


Tuesday, 19 July, 8.30-10.00 , KCC Auditorium HL-2

Climate Change theme: Harisoa Rakotondrazafy, WWF Africa Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator.

KCC Auditorium

Keynote address: Alice Ruhweza, WWF Africa Region Director
Moderator: Alice Ruhweza WWF Africa Region Director
Tuesday 19 July, 14.00-17.30, Room T1 ST-3 Stream 3 Parallel Plenary - Biodiversity.
Novel approaches to address drivers of wildlife trafficking in SADC TFCA Landscapes (Great Limpopo, KAZA and Malawi-Zambia TFCA), Wednesday 20th July, 10:30-12:00

SADC Pavilion
Addressing Law Enforcement and Anti-poaching (LEAP) as a region: success and challenges (SADC, VukaNow, GIZ Partnership), Wednesday, 20th July, 12:00-14:00  SADC Pavilion
SADC pavillion

Panelist: Drew Mcvey WWF Wildlife Crime Initiative Technical Advisor for East Africa

Room T2

Moderator: Margaret Kinnaird WWF Wildlife Practice Leader
KCC Auditorium
Co-Management in Protected Areas: viable approach to promote biodiversity
conservation and enhance human well-being

Co-presented by: Yussuf Adan (WWF-Kenya); Lalaina Rakotonaivo (WWF-Madagascar), Antonio Serra (WWF-Mozambique), Abdoulaye Harouna (Niger), Leonard Usongo (Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society)

Location: MH1 Hall

Proposal codes:
Kenya, Madagascar & Mozambique - 073-PCA-PEO-GOV-CONF-SUF-STIK
Niger - 012-PEO-GOV
Cameroon - 023-PCA-PEO-BIO-GOV

Summary: The threats to ecosystems, including biodiversity loss, is not only an environmental issue but also a development, economic, security, ethical and moral one. The creation of Protected Areas (PAs) is one way of safeguarding biodiversity conservation and controlling threats. Most PAs are increasingly adopting co-management principles as this enhances degree of ownership, enables responsibility and provides benefits to local communities living either within or outside the boundaries. In Kenya, for instance, we have supported co-management through 'the safe system' approach to address the growing threat posed by human-wildlife conflict to wildlife conservation. In Madagascar, coastal communities are involved in co-management of locally managed marine areas (LMMA) through participation in data collection and feedback on analysis of the health and sustainability of small-scale fisheries. In Mozambique, National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) authorities across a number of PAs have initiated a number of sustainable and equitable livelihood interventions that have not only improved natural resource management but also enhanced peoples’ well-being. Inclusive conservation models have proven successful in enhancing nature conservation in fragile ecological and political environment as demonstrated in Niger and Cameroon. Together with our partners from government and CSOs, we will share lessons and challenges emerging from co-management across three cases from Kenya, Mozambique Niger, Cameroon and Madagascar at APAC. The event is expected to generate recommendations to enhance on ground implementation and build new partnerships.

Key issues addressed through this event:
Co-management; Protected Areas, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Partnerships
Clinic: Thriving Rhinos, Thriving People (IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group) Wednesday 20th July 18h00-20h00

Panelist: Jonas Syapze WWF TRIDOM landscape Finance Manager
Room MH1

New approaches to enhance the Wildlife Economy of the Greater Kruger Area in South Africa Thursday 21st July 16h00-17h30

SADC Pavilion

Session manager: Harisoa Rakotondrazafy, WWF Africa Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator
Room T2
The Greater Kruger Strategic Development Programme – a collaborative landscape partnership approach Friday 22nd July 18h00- 20h00
WWF is a Platinum Sponsor of APAC 2022

Here is an overview about all the events happening during APAC 2022.

Visit our Panda Hut
Join WWF and Panthera for the launch of the Living with Big Cats Initiative and the official Panthera/WWF partnership.

Learn about the scope and impact of the partnership, what this means for the conservation of big cats, and how the joint coexistence-focused initiative ‘Living with Big Cats’ will contribute to this. 

Speakers include:
Welcoming Remarks:

Fred Launay, CEO, Panthera

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International

Presentation on the partnership and initiative:

Program and Country Representatives

Closing and signing of the MOU:

Fred Launay, Panthera CEO

Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director General

Wetlands International and World Wide Fund for Nature Germany would like to invite you to the WWF pavilion at the Africa Protected Areas Congress, for the launch of the State of the Mangroves of the Western Indian Ocean report, on the 20th of July .

Where: the WWF Pavilion, at the Africa Protected Areas Congress, Kigali, Rwanda
When: 20th, July 2022, 10:00 to 11:00 CAT
With this new report, developed in collaboration with Save our Mangroves Now and the Global Mangrove Alliance, we present the most reliable and up-to-date information currently available on mangrove extent and loss in the Western Indian Ocean region, home to 5% of the world's mangroves. It is also the first report to quantify and map mangrove blue carbon, drivers of change as well as restoration potential for the region, which is high with at least 40,900 ha available for restoration.
Time Agenda Item Presenter
10:00 - 10:05 Welcome Titus Wamae
Regional Policy and Advocacy Officer, Wetlands International Eastern Africa
10:05 - 10:10 Opening speech Julie Mulonga
Director, Wetlands International Eastern Africa
10:10 - 10:15 Introduction of the Save Our Mangroves Now! initiative Lilian Nyaega
Regional Programmes Officer, Wetlands International Eastern Africa
10:15 - 10:20 The importance of regional mangrove data and cooperation in the context of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and other UN processes Dr. James Kairo
Chief Scientist, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
10:20 - 10:40 Launch of The State of the Mangroves of the Western Indian Ocean Report Menno de Boer
Senior Technical Officer Deltas and Coasts, Wetlands International Global Office
10:40 - 10:45 Kenya case study Francis Okalo
Program Manager-Coastal and Oceans Resilience, IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office
10:45 - 10:50 Madagascar case study Dannick Randriamanantena
Mangroves Landscape Leader, WWF Madagascar Country Office
10:50 - 11:00 Q&A Titus Wamae
Regional Policy and Advocacy Officer, Wetlands International Eastern Africa
On behalf of all partners, we look forward to seeing you during the report launch at the WWF Pavilion!

WWF Africa Adaptation Hub

Africa is on the frontline of the climate and nature crises. Innovative strategies and transformative solutions are needed to build resilient network of PAs in Africa, to safeguard the functions of the most representative biodiversity in Africa and key benefits provided to people. This event will also unlock the role of PAs as nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.


PAs and communities in buffer zones need expertise from several different sources to enhance protection, reduce pressures on PAs, provide rural communities with alternatives to natural resources, and manage conflict. Successful PAs are those that have the right implementing partners with the right expertise.
WWF Wildlife Practice

To prevent catastrophic loss of biodiversity and of ecosystem services of social and economic importance, it will be key to avoid loss of key ecological corridors and networks, manage them for wildlife permeability in ways that strengthen human wellbeing and support human-wildlife co-existence, and restore connectivity where it has been lost, with the ultimate aim of establishing effectively connected networks of protected and conserved areas across the African continent.

Scaling up community livelihoods around PA is a pillar component of conservation, in order to sustain community enterprises. Engaging private sector is also critical whether in terms of securing market access, investing in the enterprises or scaling successful models. But this requires Technical assistance and Incubation program to cater the need of Private finance. While there is a mushrooming of accelerators and impact investment funds, most of them are focused on high growth sectors and ignore the real challenge of building the resilience of communities
WWF Mozambique

The success of biodiversity conservation in African countries depends to a large extent on the cooperation of local communities.

Management models and approaches that are more inclusive and take into consideration LCs dynamics can enhance the long-term conservation results in protected areas.


Join WWF Regional Office for Africa for the launch of the WWF Africa 2025 Strategic Plan, “Making Nature Everyone’s Business - Breaking The Myths of Conservation.”
Date: Thursday, 21st July 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00 hrs
Venue: Panda Hut, Pavilion 17, Kigali Convention Centre.
Agenda of the day:
13:30 – Arrival of guests
14:00 – Master of Ceremony, Tubalemye Mutwale
14:05 – Opening Remarks, Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
14:10 – Strategy Overview, Alice Ruhweza, Regional Director for Africa, WWF International
14:15 – Panel Session
Moderator - Fidelis Pegue Manga
  • Ms Rosette Rugamba – International Board, WWF International
  • Mr Solani Mhango - Interim Country Director, WWF Mozambique
  • Ms Clotilde Ngomba - Country Director, WWF Cameroon
  • Ms Lucy Waruingi - Executive Director, Africa Conservation Centre
  • Ms Rubina James - Director, ABCG  
  • Mr Laurent Some – Interim Gabon Country Director and Head of Policy and Partnership, WWF International

Interactive Q&A
14:50 – Closing Remarks, Jeff Worden, Director Conservation Impact Africa, WWF International
14:55 - Launch of strategy
15:00 – Refreshments served

The WWF Africa strategy aims to create shared spaces that ensure co-existence between nature and people’s needs; by engaging the whole of society to ensure nature is everyone’s business. The strategy demystifies two big myths: One, that Conservation and Economic Development cannot co-exist; and two, that Conservation is only for the elite few. 

The strategy calls for an overarching approach of inclusive conservation that ensures everyone’s voice is heard.

Download the WWF Africa Strategy 2025 here and the summary here.

WWF Madagascar

The sustainable management of protected areas is conditioned by improved governance and sustainable financing mechanisms which are supported by innovative collaboration models with the private sectors, local communities and local authorities.

WWF Cameroon

The landscape approach in TRIDOM has resulted in testing of new approaches and partnerships. This session is to share some experiences and create links with other landscapes to share and learn.

WWF Germany

The event is about PAs and Forest Elephant (FE) conservation and aims to bring together main actors to share latest insights on FE status, threats and identify key elements for a holistic strategy to stop their decline. The meeting aims to find agreement on immediate actions, such as increased PA protection of FE strongholds and wildlife corridors/connectivity and participative conservation approaches and reduced habitat modification outside PAs. Furthermore, we aim to streamline ideas for larger funding opportunities (e.g. wildlife credits) and set goals for long-term strategy of coexistence and intact landscape management, including IPLC participation and benefits in FE habitats.
WWF France

The BIODEV2030 project works in 16 countries with the intention of mainstreaming biodiversity in economic sectors that have a strong impact on ecosystems. Designed in line with the development trajectory of each country, it supports operationalization of the Global Biodiversity Framework objectives, aiming to halt nature loss by 2030 and set it in recovery. 
WWF Zimbabwe

Youth have been a missing link in our conservation work and their engagement around PAs remains marginalised.

© Martina Lippuner / WWF-Africa
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