West and Central Africa

Created after the regionalization and decentralization process initiated by the IUCN Secretariat in 2006, the PACO region was born from the merger of Central Africa and West Africa programs.


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    Toward restoration progress in Central Africa and beyond


    The 3rd African Regional High-Level Roundtable on the Bonn Challenge will take place this week (14-15 March) in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. This forum provides a unique opportunity to discuss issues and stimulate actions with partners supporting forest...

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    MOOCs and protected areas capacity building – where we stand


    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are now an undeniable part of the education landscape. Their development really started to take off in 2012 and there are now over 7,000 of them mainly from European and North American universities. MOOCs are a...

  • Elephants in Kenya Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais

    An analysis of non-state protected area governance in Kenya


    By Phil Franks, IIED IUCN-Papaco and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) conducted a survey of non-State protected areas in Kenya where this type of governance is fairly common. These kinds of governance arrangements deserve...

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