West and Central Africa

Created after the regionalization and decentralization process initiated by the IUCN Secretariat in 2006, the PACO region was born from the merger of Central Africa and West Africa programs.

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    MOOCs and protected areas capacity building – where we stand

    16.01.2018

    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are now an undeniable part of the education landscape. Their development really started to take off in 2012 and there are now over 7,000 of them mainly from European and North American universities. MOOCs are a...

  • Elephants in Kenya Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais

    An analysis of non-state protected area governance in Kenya

    15.01.2018

    By Phil Franks, IIED IUCN-Papaco and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) conducted a survey of non-State protected areas in Kenya where this type of governance is fairly common. These kinds of governance arrangements deserve...

  • A Shared Resources, Joint Solutions workshop with civil society organisations Photo: IUCN

    Transforming business engagement in Ghana

    28.11.2017

    Businesses rely on natural resources to operate, which can create impacts and risks as well as opportunities and benefits.  A recent training workshop in Ghana explored how civil society organisations (CSOs) can engage companies to ensure the sustainable...

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