AFRICA PROTECTED AREAS CONGRESS
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Context: A $200 billion trust fund has been initiated to conserve around 8,600 protected areas covering 26 million square kilometres in Africa. Conservationists have called for global contributions to it.
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- The trust was one of the many outcomes of the Africa Protected Areas Congress.
- The congress was the first continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens and interest groups to discuss ecosystem services that underpin human welfare and livelihoods.
- The meet was set up by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an international organisation working in the field of nature conservation.
- Rwanda became the first country to commit to the trust.
- The concept for a Pan-African Conservation Trust was co-created by Anthropology of Social Change and Development (APAD), African Wildlife Foundation and IUCN.
- APAD is an international association working for social development, while AWF is a conservation organisation focusing on Africa’s wildlife and wild lands.
- The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, is the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s iconic wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development while conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions.
- The overarching objective of the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is 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.