West and Central Africa

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

Children on African rice plantation

Blog: Adapting to climate change through ‘action learning’

By Rebecca Welling. There is growing recognition that water security is critical for sustainable economic development, reducing poverty and adapting to climate change. Yet a key aspect often overlooked in efforts to meet this fundamental need is the role played by ecosystems such as rivers, floodplains and wetlands – or ‘natural infrastructure’. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

FFI, 2013A-057, Cape Verde, Mobula thurstoni, SOS Save OUr Species

Shark conservation project: first identification of juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray in Cape Verde

So much remains to be understood about the oceans and the life they harbour. The recent discovery of a juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray (Mobula thurstoni) in waters near Cape Verde by members of an SOS grant-funded team working for IUCN Member Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is a tantalizing reminder of that.   …  

12 Oct 2015 | News story

2013A-062, World Parrot Trust, SOS Save Our Species, Timneh Parrot

Major trafficker of African parrots arrested and 89 threatened Timneh parrots seized

On the 18th September, after months of painstaking investigations, a major trafficker of African wild parrots and other birds was arrested in Dakar, Senegal. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Travaux de groupe au cours de l'atelier Bridge

Water Governance: stakeholders of Lake Chad basin and Mano River shared their experience

During a Regional Workshop of training and sharing management experience, stakeholders of the Lake Chad Basin and the Mano River Union worked on transboundary water governance, from October 5-7, in Abidjan. This was organized within the framework of BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance) Africa Project. …   | French

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Photo de groupe des participants à l'atelier national de dissémination et d’appropriation des lignes directrices en Côte d'Ivoire

Sensibilisation au Ghana et Cote d’Ivoire pour l’appropriation des lignes directrices de la CEDEAO pour le développement d’infrastructures hydrauliques

En décembre 2011, la CEDEAO a validé les lignes directrices sur les grandes infrastructures hydrauliques en Afrique de l’Ouest. En attendant l’adoption d’une Directive Cadre qui en découlera, et pour en favoriser l’application sur le terrain dès à présent, le Centre de Coordination des Ressources en Eau (CCRE) de la CEDEAO et l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) ont organisé deux ateliers au Ghana et Cote d’Ivoire pour la promotion de bonnes pratiques pour l’appropriation de ces lignes directrices par les acteurs nationaux. …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

West and Central Africa Regional Office