West and Central Africa


Healthy ecosystems for sustainable food security

“It is important that, as we discuss and strategise on matters related to food security in ACP countries, we pay serious attention to the state of our environment. The environment is a vital element in maintaining sound ecosystems on which enabling factors depend, such as rain, soil fertility and moisture, among many others. These ensure reliable production of food crops...” stated Hon. Mr. Musikari Kombo, Member of the Kenyan Parliament, during the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly meetings that took place in the European Parliament on 5 and 6 October. …  

17 Oct 2011 | News story

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Le groupe SANGHA au service de la conservation et du développement dans le TNS (Bassin du Congo) : un exemple à suivre…

La 8ième réunion annuelle de l’équipe d’appui scientifique  « groupe SANGHA » s’est tenue du 20 au 25 septembre 2011 à Djembe au Cameroun.  Y ont pris part les administrateurs en charge des forets et des aires  protégées du Cameroun et du Congo, les experts de WCS, WWF, CARPE et de l’UICN, les concessionnaires forestiers tel que ALPICAM, les représentants de l’Université Autonome de Madrid (UAM), de l’Université James Cook  (JCU) d’Australie et les représentants de la société civile (ROSE). …  

11 Oct 2011 | News story
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IUCN delegation to ACP Secretariat

Working together to support development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

“The Governments of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are waking up to the recognition that the management and restoration of ecosystems is an effective way of providing natural solutions to the development pressures of our time,” stated Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), during a recent visit of IUCN Regional Directors to Brussels. …  

11 Oct 2011 | News story

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Hope is in the air

"The place of civil society in the governance of the platform is still under question. We are confident that all delegates feel the need to raise questions and gather inputs from the field by a large consultation with civil society. This is very encouraging,” says Pierre Commenville, a member of the IUCN Delegation to the First Plenary Session to build an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). …  

06 Oct 2011 | News story

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

Managing deep-seas fisheries: Challenges and opportunities

During a meeting held recently at the United Nations in New York, IUCN and The Nature Conservancy provided information on policy recommendations on how to improve the management of deep-sea fisheries and ecosystems. The recommendations were developed following a workshop jointly organized by TNC and IUCN. …  

06 Oct 2011 | News story

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Non-governmental actors united for a role in IPBES

Scientific and civil society organizations have called for a role in an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) both as providers and end users of knowledge. During the opening of the First Plenary Session to establish IPBES, these organizations stressed that their engagement is crucial for the relevance, impact and legitimacy of the Platform. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

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Un atelier régional pour une meilleure gouvernance du barrage de Kompienga

Les décideurs et les usagers du barrage de Kompienga se sont réunis du 22 au 23 septembre 2011 à Fada N’Gourma dans le cadre d’un atelier régional sur la bonne gouvernance autour dudit barrage. …  

30 Sep 2011 | News story
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vallée Sourou

The Sourou Valley: Yesterday and Tomorrow

The Sourou Valley, a wetlands region in the north of Burkina Faso, was for a time considered a breadbasket for the country. However, an IUCN economic valuation study of the region's ecosystem services overturned this idea. …   | French

28 Sep 2011 | News story

Woman with baby at local water well, Zambia.

IUCN addresses food, water and energy security at UN meeting

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, chaired a high-level discussion on food, water and energy security during the recent meeting of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. She championed the theme that energy, water and food security rely on ecosystem services and in order to safeguard them, we must invest in nature’s supporting role. …  

28 Sep 2011 | News story


A regional conservation showcase closes at the IUCN Pavilion in Johannesburg

A four-day exhibition of conservation activities implemented in the Eastern and Southern Africa region closes today in Johannesburg, South Africa. The IUCN Green Pavilion was organized as a platform for showcasing conservation activities that contribute to biodiversity management, livelihoods, food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation. …  

23 Sep 2011 | News story
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