Story | 16 Oct, 2018

The Maputo Convention on the Protection of Nature gets a boost at the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

The Seventh Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment took place from 17-21 September 2018 in Nairobi at UN Environment.

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Photo: Timothy Shitagwa

The Maputo African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, adopted in 2003, became effective in 2016. However, the first Conference of the Parties, essential to operationalizing the Convention, is yet to be held. In response to a request made by the Environment Ministers of Burkina Faso, Chad and Guiney, the 7th special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, held in Nairobi on 17-21 September 2018, consensually called in its final declaration for the convening of Convention’s first COP as “a step for its full implementation”, urging member States and partners to provide support for its organization.


Mohamed Ali Mekouar       Photo: Mohamed Ali Mekouar
Mohamed Ali Mekouar

Vice-President of the Centre for International Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE), Member of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)




M. Yacouba Savadogo
Yacouba Savadogo

IUCN - Regional Office for West Africa, FAO -  Legal Office – LEGN (Rome), Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Burkina Faso, Francophone Africa Network of Environmental Lawyers, Sahel Vert (Local NGO) – Burkina Faso




Robert Wabunoha
Robert Wabunoha
UN Environment - Regional Coordinator, Environmental Governance