From 18-22 July, our team was honoured to take part in the first Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) in Kigali, Rwanda. 

They took the opportunity to meet with other African Marine Protected Areas (MPA) networks and practitioners, and presented the activities of the Resilience and MPA Networks twinning projects.

Technical Director and Networks Twinning Coordinator Puri Canals held a workshop exploring the importance of networks of MPAs including Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs), which was met with great interest and inspired lively discussions among the participants.

The Africa Protected Areas Congress aims to strengthen Africa’s position regarding protected and conserved areas, with the broader goals of economic development and community well-being. The first Congress was jointly organised by the Rwandan Ministry of Environment, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the African Wildlife Foundation. At the Ocean Governance Project, we believe that the protection of marine ecosystems is vital for peace-building and security and therefore appreciate the initiative to have a congress exclusively for the African continent. We are also happy to use this new forum as a platform for exchange with our African partners, among them RAMPAO, National Parks of Senegal, Community MPAs Senegal and Parks Gabon.

Find the Kigali Call to Action here.