The Congress Organising Committee announces the postponement of the first Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) that was scheduled to take place from 18 – 23 November 2019, due to logistical reasons. Further communication will be provided by 30 June 2019. Meanwhile, the Secretariat will continue preparing for the
Congress as follows:

  • Proposal submissions ongoing
  • Programme development ongoing
  • Sponsorship commitments continue being received

We will make regular updates regarding the APAC preparations available through this Website.

Africa Protected Areas Congress

APAC bring together political and community leaders, protected area practitioners, professionals from diverse fields, scholars, researchers, the youth, partners and stakeholders from public and private sectors from across the continent- to discuss how to protect Africa’s resources.


The organizers of APAC extend their warm welcome to the first ever Africa Protected Areas Congress which will be held in Nairobi from November 18-23, 2019 and seek your active participation in the diverse activities that will take place before and during the congress.

Africa needs to address the persistent challenges and threats to our own existence that have been exacerbated by the destruction of our life supporting systems. 

Sessions will be centered in sharing best practices and approaches, sharing knowledge and calling all for action.

You can submit your proposal online by 31 May 2019 through the Congress Portal. More information on how to do so will be made available on the Congress website soon.

  1. Promote the role of protected areas in conserving nature, supporting sustainable development and human wellbeing
  2. Share innovations, experiences and best practices  for  harmonizing  conservation and human development
  3. Set a common agenda and a shared vision for Africa’s protected areas’ contribution to AU Agenda 63 and other relevant regional and global commitments
  4. Develop a consolidated input for Africa’s protected areas in the  development of the Post-2020 Global Framework for Biodiversity
IUCN  provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.
Africa is endowed with a rich and unique natural heritage, including a wide range of landscapes and seascapes, species and ecosystems, and many centres of species endemism.