West and Central Africa

Inspiring action for a protected planet: National Geographic teams up with IUCN

IUCN Member National Geographic has been announced today as the official media partner for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 – a global forum on protected areas taking place in Sydney, Australia this November.  …  

17 Oct 2014 | News story


SOS: A Powerful Tool for governments

Learn more about SOS – Save Our Species at a celebration on resource mobilisation with colleagues also from the CBD, CEPF and LifeWeb at the Rio Convention Pavilion Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 18:30– 20:00. …  

14 Oct 2014 | News story

Airview of the channels of Touffat Island in the Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

22 acteurs spécialistes des aires protégées africaines - 22 histoires porteuses de solutions pour inspirer le Congrès Mondial des Parcs de l’UICN

Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud, 7 Octobre 2014. Un comité représentatif des 22 acteurs des aires protégées se réunit à Johannesburg du 7 au 8 Octobre 2014 pour finaliser leurs contributions au Congrès Mondial des Parcs de l’UICN, qui se tiendra du 12 au 19 Novembre à Sydney, en Australie. …  

08 Oct 2014 | News story

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest: Open until 5 October

Don't miss your chance to participate in the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest - open until 5 October! …  

29 Sep 2014 | News story

Striped frog, Tavira, Portugal

Framework of Action to Strengthen the Union: Have your say!

7 days left to add your voice to the consultations on strengthening our Union. …   | French | Spanish

23 Sep 2014 | News story

Photo de famille/Atelier de mise en œuvre du BUCOSPA

RDC : Mise en place du Bureau de Coordination de la Stratégie et Plan d’Action pour la Survie des Grands Singes (BUCOSPA)

Avec l’appui de l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), le Ministère de l’Environnement, Conservation de la Nature et Tourisme (MECNT) a organisé du 4 au 5 septembre 2014 à Kinshasa, l’atelier de mise en place du Bureau de Coordination de la Stratégie et Plan d’Action pour la Conservation des Grands Singes (BUCOSPA). …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

13A-066-003B, Mecistops, Central Africa, new species, JohnThorbjarnarson, SOS, RSCF,

West Africa’s Crocodile Conservationists in Training

Digbé, Zoh, Monet, and Irie awoke one February morning not realizing their professional lives were about to change forever. They were the crocodile keepers at the Abidjan National Zoo (ZNA) but from that day they were transformed into crocodile conservationists thanks to SOS grantee Dr. Matt Shirley, team leader with Project Mecistops.   …  

03 Sep 2014 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, at World Water Week 2014

Water and energy – life partners

World Water Week — the annual event focusing on water-related challenges — is underway in Stockholm, Sweden. IUCN is calling for increased cooperation between the water and energy sectors which is critical for sustainable development. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story

Beqa Island, Fiji.

BIOPAMA: Developing capacity across the regions and on to Sydney

Capacity development for protected areas management is universally accepted as a top priority. And in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, many protected areas do not achieve their objectives of conserving key species, ecosystems and services, due to limited human and institutional capacity; particularly to access and use information to improve decision making. BIOPAMA (the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme) is responding to this challenge by developing capacity for protected area management through work at the regional level, and through wider collaboration with a range of global actors and local actors to develop and share best practices. Some of these will be showcased at the protected areas event of the decade: the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. …  

19 Aug 2014 | News story

West and Central Africa Regional Office