Improving capacity for species conservation in Maghreb countries

04 April 2013 | Event

The sheer diversity of species on North Africa is extraordinary, however, a large number of these species are threatened with extinction. The need for training, capacity building and information exchange on species conservation planning was recognized as a key issue during the IUCN North Africa Members Forum, held in Rabat, Morocco, in October 2011.

To fill this gap, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation is implementing a project to improve capacities on species conservation planning and management in three Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia). One of the main activities of this project for this year is to hold training courses about elaboration of Species Conservation Strategies in these three countries.

Two training courses are due to start next coming days: from 8th to 12th April, a workshop will take place in Marrakech, and from 15th to 18th April, it will be celebrated in Tunis. The last training course is planned to be held at the end of the month in Algiers. These four-day intensive workshops are a fast-track entry to strategic plans for species conservation, selection and prioritization of species and processes on how integrate strategic plans into the administrative structure of the country.

The workshop will provide training in the design and implementation of species conservation measures and the talks will be led by experts of IUCN’s Specialist Groups and other international experts. Participants will also have the opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss the key aspects of successful conservation plans, as well as how plans lead to action. The participants include employees of the main agencies in charge of conservation in the three Maghreb countries, NGO members and universities representatives.

IUCN is providing its expertise from the science-based network of experts across countries and the IUCN Species Survival Commission. The Mava Foundation, Organismo Autónomo de Parques Naciones in Spain, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the regional government of Junta de Andalucia provide financial support to this project.

For further info: Violeta Barrios


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