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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  • women in group holding fish Photo: IUCN

    Restoration opportunities in the heart of DRC


    IUCN, the government, partners, and a key local governance working group collaborate to ensure sustainable land management in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mangai landscape – through the application of the restoration opportunities assessment methodology...

  • Training on the new KWS monitoring template in Ruma National Park (August 2018). Photo: IUCN

    New record for IUCN's protected areas massive open online courses!


    The 5 online courses run by the IUCN Programme on African Protected Areas (IUCN-Papaco) has recently broken new records. Since the first MOOC in 2015, nearly 27,000 participants have enrolled in the courses (available in English and in French) and over 1...

  • Green List in Africa OIPR workshop in Cote d’Ivoire (March 2019) for sharing lessons learnt from Kenya on how to comply with the GL standards for Tai National Park and Comoe National Park. Photo: IUCN

    Sharing experiences with the IUCN Green List in Africa: Cote d’Ivoire benefits from lessons learnt in Kenya


    Five African countries are now implementing the IUCN Green List (GL) initiative: Kenya was the pilot country in 2014, followed by Benin in 2016, Cote d’Ivoire in 2017, and Madagascar and Nigeria in 2018. In order to build a GL network in Africa dedicated to...

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