Eastern and Southern Africa

The countries of Eastern and Southern Africa host a vast variety and abundance of the world’s biological and natural resources, including seven of the world’s biodiversity 'hotspots'. From Ethiopia to the Cape, the region contains several centres of endemism where species of birds, mammals and plants reside nowhere else in the world. One of the most globally important centres of endemism is the coastal mountain range in the eastern part of Madagascar.

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Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to co-host the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum in eastern & southern Africa

An Open Dialogue on the Future of Conservation in Africa
September 30th – October 2nd 2015
InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

04 Aug 2015 | Article

Ladies collecting firewood from a mangrove forest along the Kenya coast.

Call for Contributions for the Open Dialogue on the Future of Conservation in Africa Now Open

At the end of September 2015, around 300 representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and local community and indigenous group representatives will come together in Nairobi, Kenya, for IUCN’s Regional Conservation Forum for Eastern and Southern Africa. Together, we will shape the future of conservation in Africa. The Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) will extend over a 3 day period, with the first day open to a wide range of individuals and organizations. 

21 Jul 2015 | Event

Members in Malawi and South Africa during various consultations with the Deputy Regional Director.

Programmatic Consultations with IUCN Members

During the week of 1st June, Mine Pabari (Deputy Regional Director, ESARO) met with the membership in Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa. …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

Workshop participants during a group work session

Integrated Planning to Implement the Convention on Biological Diversity Strategic Plan 2011–2020, and Increase Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change

 IUCN - The International Union for Conservation of Nature is implementing a global programme - “Integrated Planning to Implement the CBD Strategic Plan and Increase Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change”. The program is implemented in Asia (Vietnam), South America (Colombia) and Africa (Tanzania & Zambia). In Tanzania and Zambia the project aims at increasing stakeholder’s capacity to optimize integrated planning to support biodiversity and climate change adaptation objectives, with a particular focus on biodiversity and protected area systems in the Lake Tanganyika Basin. The project is being implemented jointly with the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) and Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP). The project is funded by the German International Climate Change Initiative (ICI). …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

Cover of booklet and video Building Drought Resilience (BDR

From Drought-stricken to Stewards Rising

17 June 2015 | News story Every year the international community marks 17th June as ‘World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought’. Over 12 million hectares of productive land is lost each year due to desertification and drought, resulting in a further loss of 20 million tons of grain that could have been grown …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

Serengeti National Park

The East African Community and IUCN Establish a Framework for an Observatory for Protected Areas

The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat is now the host institution for a regional observatory to support more effective protected area management and biodiversity conservation in the region, made possible through a partnership recently signed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) supported by the EU-funded Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) programme. …  

21 Jul 2015 | Article

Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General EAC (center) and Mr. Luther Bois Anukur, IUCN ESARO Regional Director signing a
Memorandum of Understanding at IUCN ESARO Offices in Nairobi. Looking on is Hon. Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General EAC and IUCN
Regional Councillor.

IUCN ESARO and EAC renew their confidence in partnerships for nature conservation

 IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya: 19 February 2015. The Secretary
General of the East Africa Community (EAC), Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera and the Regional Director for
IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (IUCN EASRO), Mr. Luther Bois Anukur signed a
Memorandum of Understanding signaling the renewalof their partnership on the same provisions, with the
previous agreement signed in 2002 having lapsed …  

03 Mar 2015 | Article











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