October 1, 2022

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Kigali APAC, a great opportunity for African Countries to Well-understand Protected Areas

Conservationists say the Africa Protected Areas Congress which takes place in Kigali this week is a great opportunity for African countries to understand more about protected areas and why are they important.

The first Africa Protected Area Congress (APAC) takes place at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, from 18 to 23 July 2022.

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Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of African Wildlife Foundation, in an exclusive interview with The New Times’ said that “This is the first time Africa is sitting to discuss the conservation of protected areas. It’s exciting. It has taken us so long to do this.”

“We are going to have discussions about understanding the protected areas, where they are, do we need them, because as conservationists we need to realize that we are going to lose some of them for Africa’s development and if so, which ones are we losing, among others.” He explains.

“More importantly, we are going to have a Kigali declaration which will set off the real work, and I hope we are going to have an African model of conservation because the current one is not working.” He added.

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