This page is a list of our latest updates and stories about IUCN's work related to Africa.
IUCN to enhance countries’ restoration efforts under the Paris climate agreement as Bonn Challenge passes 160 million hectares
Bonn, Germany – At the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP23) in Bonn, Germany, IUCN shared its plans for increased effort to enhance countries...
The event also welcomed new restoration pledges from the governments of Chiapas (Mexico) and Nigeria, which now bring the total Bonn Challenge commitments to 160.2 million hectares. “The voice...
Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction – IUCN Red List
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to...
Today’s IUCN Red List update also reports the decline of the Plains Zebra due to illegal hunting, and the growing extinction threat to Hawaiian plants posed by invasive species. Thirty eight of the...
Conservation Areas and Species
IUCN engages directly in biodiversity conservation in Eastern and Southern Africa through its innovative thematic programme, Conservation Areas and Species (CAS) The CAS programme draws on...
Governance of Protected Areas and Urban Protected Areas Best Practice Guidelines available in Portuguese
Two key publications from the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series, Governance of Protected Areas, and Urban Protected Areas, ...
GIZ supported the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guidelines Nos. 20 and 22 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMUB), financed in the framework of the International Climate...
Rainforest Foundation UK launches new interactive website on the human impacts of protected areas
CEESP NEWS - By Rainforest Foundation UK The Rainforest Foundation UK has launched Rainforest Parks and People – an interactive website aimed at...
© The Rainforest Foundation UK The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) has launched Rainforest Parks and People – an interactive website aimed at increasing the transparency and...
Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi) Specialist Group update:
CEESP News - by Dr Rebecca Cross, Programme Officer, SULi In the last 6 months, SULi has revised its strategy due to an urgent need to build...
To achieve this, SULi has been focused on operationalising regional SULi groups, with an East and Southern Africa meeting held in Zimbabwe in May of this year (read the full report here) and a...
The trend of the Saye River bank failure: An Environmental Challenge and Concern
CEESP News - by Bala Ibrahim Girku (1), Abdullahi Hassan (2), Golo Mustapha Yakubu (3), and Kaltho Kharbal James (4) This article assesses...
Erosion Trend Assessment Riverbank failure has been a major problem in Saye watershed for the past 8years. The slope instability problem started since 2008 and had been gaining ground and...
Respect sacred Natural Sites to guarantee Human Rights, says new African Commission Resolution
CEESP News - by Fiona Wilton, The Gaia Foundation Deep in Ethiopia's Rift Valley, a group of African custodians met in 2015 to discuss how to...
Traditional Custodian of Sacred Natural Sites, at a gathering in Nanyuki, Kenya, 2012. Photo credit: Jess Phillimore The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) passed Resolution...
The IUCN WCPA Mountains Specialist Group facilitates the enhanced conservation, effective management and adequate protection of mountain protected...
Specialist Group Leader Peter JACOBS Co-chairs: Linda McMillan, Patrizia Rossi, Fausto Sarmiento, Mike Tollefson and Gillian Anderson Senior Advisor:...
From knowledge to action: new commitments, new look and 20 million Euros for work on the ground
In 2011, the European Union (EU) and the ACP Group of States mandated IUCN and JRC, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, to...
The partnership The BIOPAMA partnership combines the protected areas and the biodiversity conservation expertise of IUCN with the scientific know how of the Joint Research Centre. It builds on...
Protected Area Categories
IUCN protected area management categories classify protected areas according to their management objectives. The categories are recognised by...
IUCN Protected Area Categories System Ia Strict Nature Reserve: Category Ia are strictly protected areas set aside to protect biodiversity and also possibly geological/geomorphical...
Natural solutions : protected areas helping people cope with climate change
Protected areas play a major role in reducing climate changing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. Fifteen percent of the worlds terrestrial carbon stock - 312 gigatonnes - are stored in...
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