The Government of Rwanda and all stakeholders are committed to ensuring that the African Regional Congress is committed to the key role of environmental conservation and the development of Africa’s vital ecosystem, in order to continue to improve the progress of this program; the inaugural IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) was scheduled for March 7-12, 2022 and was rescheduled for July 18-23, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Speaking on the announcement, Rwanda Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya said: “The Government of Rwanda remains excited to host all delegates in July for a safe, ambitious Congress that will change the course of the African conservation agenda. Rwanda remains steadfast in seeing the vision of having the first IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress held in Kigali. We encourage delegates to continue registering as we prepare to deliver this all-important Congress. We would like to assure everyone that Rwanda has put in place stringent measures to ensure that Africa deliberates on the future of its biodiversity in a safe environment.”
As a reminder, this event is the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups to discuss the role of protected and conserved areas in safeguarding Africa’s iconic wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development while conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions