West and Central Africa

Water focus square

COP21: Climate change and water - interview with IUCN's Mark Smith

'Water and Climate Resilience' was the focus of the third day of the UN climate change conference in Paris. In this newly released video interview, Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, talks about the key role water plays in the climate change debate.  …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story

Cérémonie d'ouverture du Comité Ministériel de Suivi (CMS) de la GIRE

ECOWAS water ministers agree to strengthen coordination, and approve water management infrastructure policy

On Friday 27 November 2015 the 4th session of the Ministerial Monitoring Committee of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) initiative in West Africa was held in Dakar. The Ministerial Monitoring Committee reviewed progress in implementing IWRM in the region, discussed the initiatives carried out by the WRCU and its partners, defined the orientations for future activities and took steps to strengthen the opportunities for synergies. …   | French

30 Nov 2015 | News story

Fleuve Mono

Premier comité de pilotage de l’Autorité du Bassin du Mono

Du 12 au 14 novembre s’est tenu à Lomé au Togo le premier comité de pilotage de l’Autorité du Bassin du Mono. Il a permis d’évaluer les premières études qui permettront l’operationnalisation de l’institution. …  

18 Nov 2015 | News story

SOS Save OUr Species, Coq En Pate, Koguma

SOS partner Coq En Pate's Koguma launches on Kickstarter

Imagine a polar icecap coming to life before your eyes through the power of your mobile phone! That's Koguma - a piggybank for wildlife, in the shape of a polar bear. …  

17 Nov 2015 | News story

Photo de groupe des participants à l'atelier

Dissémination des lignes directrices pour le développement d’infrastructures hydrauliques au Mali

Un atelier national de dissémination des Lignes Directrices pour le Développement d’Infrastructures Hydrauliques en Afrique de l’Ouest s’est tenu du 09 au 10 Novembre 2015 à Bamako au Mali. …  

14 Nov 2015 | News story

Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya

IUCN and UNESCO welcome no-go pledge for World Heritage sites by Tullow Oil

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre have welcomed a new commitment by British company Tullow Oil plc to stay out of World Heritage sites. The firm had received a licence to explore for oil in an area overlapping Kenya’s World Heritage-listed Lake Turkana National Parks. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Cérémonie d'ouverture de l'atelier régional de réflexion pour la mise en place d’un mécanisme de gestion intégrée des écosystèmes naturels en Afrique de l’Ouest

Vers la mise en place d’un mécanisme régional de concertation de gestion intégrée des écosystèmes en Afrique de l’Ouest

Pour apporter une réponse efficace aux tendances à la dégradation des écosystèmes naturels en Afrique de l’Ouest, l’UICN-PACO et la CEDEAO font de la conservation des écosystèmes et de la biodiversité une priorité dans la planification des actions de développement à venir. Afin d’aboutir à une gestion intégrée de ces écosystèmes, un atelier régional de réflexion regroupant une vingtaine de participants venus des organisations d’intégration et technique intervenant dans le domaine de la préservation de l’environnement a eu lieu du 22 au 23 octobre 2015 à Lomé au Togo. …  

29 Oct 2015 | News story

13A-064-013, Sawfish, DRDH, SOS Save Our Species

Tuning into Sawfish Conservation West African Style

Most people love a good story, reasons Armelle Jung, the AfricaSaw Project Coordinator with Des Requins et Des Hommes (DRDH), working in Western Africa to save sawfishes from entanglement in fishing lines. …  

15 Oct 2015 | News story

Workshop - NBSAP

IUCN Hosts a workshop on Food and Nutrition aspects of Biodiversity

On 7 October 2015, food, nutrition and biodiversity experts from around the country met at the Plant Genetic Resource Centre (PGRC) in Gannoruwa, Kandy to discuss linkages between food and nutrition concerns and biodiversity conservation in the context of developing the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). The workshop was jointly organised by the GEF/UNEP/FAO Project on ‘Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition’ (BFN) implemented by PGRC. IUCN Sri Lanka is the main technical partner to the Biodiversity Secretariat of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment for the formulation of the NBSAP for the country. Consultations with different sector groups is part of the process adopted in NBSAP formulation and food and nutrition is one of the key areas where biodiversity plays a key role. …  

15 Oct 2015 | News story

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Halting land degradation, holistically

For the next 10 days IUCN experts will be supporting decision makers from 195 countries as they discuss solutions to the issues of desertification, land degradation and drought which are plaguing many areas of the world. …  

14 Oct 2015 | News story

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