Mr. Bongo Gravier: Best 2009 IUCN-PACO Employee

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 28 January 2010 (IUCN) – Mr. BONGO Gravier, Driver at the IUCN Cameroon Programme Office, receives the title of 2009 Best Employee for the entire IUCN Central and West Africa Programme (PACO).

Best 2009 IUCN-PACO Employee

This choice proposed by the Appraisal Committee set up for this purpose by the staff itself was confirmed by the Regional Director of PACO, Prof. Aimé NIANOGO. This decision is coming at the end of the launching of the IUCN-PACO Appraisal Programme of 27 February 2009 that announced the beginning of a process aimed at acknowledging any deserving permanent staff working full-time for PACO and who would have demonstrated this through the quality, the exemplary nature and regularity of his duties. This is an initiative that is aimed at fostering the culture of excellence and its acknowledgement among the staff of programmes and offices of the entire PACO region.

Mr. BONGO Gravier has 14 years of longevity in IUCN. He joined the IUCN team on 23 September 1997 as Driver of the erstwhile Central Africa Regional Office (ROCA). Since September 2008, he is carrying out the same duties and works for the IUCN Cameroon Programme. He is the Staff Delegate and assumes this function very well. He has been married since 1983 and is father of 4 children.

He is a very devoted, tireless, respectful, kind, serviceable, very punctual and hardworking member of staff. 

Overwhelmed with emotions upon the announcement of the results, the laureate expressed himself in the following words “I am very happy and would like to thank all my colleagues for their trust. I consider this prize as a call to do better and I seize this opportunity to encourage my colleagues to continue with the collaboration and team spirit that reigns within PACO”.

For any information go to:

- Aimé J. NIANOGO, Regional Director IUCN-Central and West Africa Programme, +226 50 36 49 79, [email protected] 
- Fabienne DIALLO, Regional Head of Human Resources, +226 50 36 49 79, [email protected]


IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world to find programmatic solutions to the most pressing challenges of our environment and development. It works with more than 1000 government and NGO members and close to 11,000 benevolent experts in some 160 countries. The Headquarters of IUCN is in Gland in Switzerland.

The Central and West Africa Programme (PACO) was created at the end of a regionalisation and decentralisation process started by the Secretariat of IUCN in 2006. The Regional Office is based in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

It covers 26 States and has programme offices in eight countries: Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It hinges on the following five regional thematic programmes (RTP): Forest Conservation; Water Resources and Wetlands; Coastal and Marine Ecosystems; Protected Areas and Biodiversity; and Law, Policy and Governance.

Perspectives are being analysed in other countries of West Africa, the Congo Basin and the Great Lakes.

For the 2009-2012 period, IUCN-PACO will be working on five major thematic priority areas: biodiversity, climate change, energy, livelihoods and greener economy.

Work area: 
Protected Areas
Marine and Coastal Ecosystems
West and Central Africa
Burkina Faso
République Démocratique du Congo
Guinée Bissau
West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
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