September 26, 2022

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IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) postponed

KIGALI, RWANDA, February 3rd 2022, – The Inaugural IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) previously scheduled for 7-12 March 2022 has been postponed to 18 – 23 July 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Government of Rwanda together with all the partners remain fully committed to making the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress a landmark event for nature conservation and sustainable development in Africa.

Speaking on the announcement, Rwanda Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya said: “The Government of Rwanda remains excited to host all delegates in July for a safe, ambitious Congress that will change the course of the African conservation agenda. Rwanda remains steadfast in seeing the vision of having the first IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress held in Kigali. We encourage delegates to continue registering as we prepare to deliver this all-important Congress. We would like to assure everyone that Rwanda has put in place stringent measures to ensure that Africa deliberates on the future of its biodiversity in a safe environment.”

As a reminder, this event is the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups to discuss the role of protected and conserved areas in safeguarding Africa’s iconic wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development while conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions.

The secretariat has now extended the early bird registration to 31st March 2022 and therefore encourage those planning to participate to register.

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