IUCN event | 18 Jul, 2022

IUCN at the inaugural Africa Protected Areas Congress 2022

The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC), from 18 to 23 July 2022 in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, is the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s iconic wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development while conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions.

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The overarching objective of the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is to position Africa’s protected and conserved areas within the broader goals of economic development and community well-being and to increase the understanding of the vital role parks play in conserving biodiversity and delivering the ecosystem services that underpin human welfare and livelihoods.



IUCN is organising, co-organising, or supporting seven pavilions in the exhibition zone of APAC2022. These are:

  • IUCN Pavilion
  • East African Community (EAC) Pavilion
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) Pavilion
  • Commission des Forêt d’Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) Pavilion
  • Observatoire pour la Biodiversité et les Aires Protégées d’Afrique de l’Ouest/ (UEMOA/OBAPAO) Pavilion
  • RRH (Regional Resource Hub) Pavilion
  • OneHealth Pavilion

Read the full agenda for all APAC pavilions here.




Key IUCN-organised events at #APAC2022 include:

Tuesday, 19 July


12:00 - 14:00: EAC Pavilion: Official opening of the Pavilion

12:00 - 14:00: IUCN Pavilion: Governance, Management analysis and data flow in regional observatories: (OFAC, OBAPAO, RCMRD)

14:00 - 15:00: OBAPAO Pavilion: Official opening of the pavilion 

14:00 - 15:00: COMIFAC Pavilion: Official opening of the pavilion  

15:00 - 16:00: IUCN Pavilion: Presentation of the European Union's NaturAfrica 

18:00 - 20:00: SADC Pavilion: Official opening of the pavilion

18:30 - 20:30: Room AD 10: Exclusive ministerial reception, Ministerial networking reception with IUCN Director-General


Wednesday, 20 July


10:30 - 11:30: IUCN Pavilion: What does it take to get an innovative finance solution off the ground? 

12:00 - 14:00: Main Auditorium: IUCN Green List: A pathway towards fully effective protected and conserved areas in Africa

12:00 - 14:00: Regional Resource Hub Pavilion: Presentation of the Regional Resource Hub vision, content and approach 

17:00 - 18:00: UEMOA OBAPAO Pavilion: IMET et Liste Verte en Guinée  

18:00 - 19:00: IUCN Pavilion: Towards Nature-People Positive Seascapes in the Western Indian Ocean: A Great Blue Wall Showcase

18:00 - 20:00: Main Auditorium: IUCN WCPA International Ranger Award 2022 ceremony


Thursday, 21 July


10:00 - 11:00: IUCN Pavilion: La gestion des aires protégées et conservées au niveau national: défis et opportunités (high level ministerial session)

12:00 - 14:00: IUCN Pavilion: Launch of the WCPA sustainable finance specialist group 

12:00 - 14:00: COMIFAC pavilion: Panel interministériel avec la COMIFAC

12.00 - 14.00: SADC Pavillion: SADC TFCA Financing Facility Donor Coordination Event  

16.00 - 17:30: Room AD1: Global targets but greater emphasis on equity 

16:00 - 17:30: Room MH4: Knowledge café on governance: Sharing and learning together

17:00 - 18:00: IUCN Pavilion: Future of World Heritage in Africa: Reconciling conservation and development

18:00 - 21:00: IUCN Pavilion: High-level event (10 Ministers and 5 Directors of international agencies): Partnership for monitoring the post-2020 GBF


Friday, 22 July


9:30 - 10:30: IUCN Pavilion: Great Green Wall, Protected Areas and the Great Green Wall in Nigeria: Strengths, Weaknesses and Possible Synergy.

18:00 - 21:00: IUCN Pavilion: Celebrating IUCN Green List Successes in Africa 


Saturday, 23 July


11:00 - 12:00: COMIFAC Pavilion: Réunion COMIFAC et Ministres Afrique Centrale, Réunion à huit clos entre la COMIFAC et les Ministres d’Environnement d’Afrique Centrale

11:00 - 12:00: OBAPAO/UEMOA Pavilion: Réunion UEMOA/CEDEAO et Ministres Afrique de l’Ouest, Réunion l’UEMOA et les Ministres d’Environnement d’Afrique de l’Ouest

Read the full programme here.

All times are local Kigali time (East Africa Time)


Learn more about the inaugural Africa Protected Areas Congress 2022 at the official website here: apacongress.africa