The Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is calling for proposals to to attract contributions from interested groups across Africa, which focus on the APAC objectives, streams and cross cutting themes.
The overarching objective of the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is to position Africa protected and conserved areas within the broader goals of economic development and community well- being and to increase the understanding of vital role parks play in conserving biodiversity and delivering the ecosystem services that underpin human welfare and livelihoods.
It is open to all who have an interest in contributing to the success of APAC.
APAC will focus on applications from Africa.
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We encourage applications from government and parastatal agencies, regional bodies, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, community-based organizations, youth organizations and networks, organizations and networksnrepresenting indigenous peoples and local communities, and private sector and business.
The call for contributions for the Congress is competitive and it may be necessary to limit the number of particular types of events that an organizing institution can submit.
All concepts will be reviewed by the programme team against the following selection criteria:
· Relevant to the congress theme and involves 2 or more African regions;
· Addresses the diversity of landscapes / seascapes in Africa, in particular those that were previously poorly addressed (marine, mountain, etc);
· Contributes to one or more of the overall congress objectives,
and contributes to Africa’s solution to conservation issues in areas such as the SDGs, CBD, UNFCCC, etc.;
· Focus on new knowledge or improved understanding;
· Personal, organizational or societal changes that helped achieve significant outcomes illustrated;
· New challenges, opportunities, approaches, innovations or
· Different perspectives and positions on the topic addressed;
· Broad scope of stakeholders associated with the topic;
· Gender, in terms of roles in the event and the topic covered;
· Youth engagement, in terms of roles in the event and the topic,
· Overall regional and cultural diversity.
Organizers of accepted proposals may be asked to:
a) Proceed with developing their event, including organizing contributors and preparing a detailed event description;
b) Collaborate with others who submitted similar proposals to prepare a consolidated event description, which will be
considered in the second round; or
c) Consider scaling their proposal for a different type of event (e.g., a proposal for a workshop might be better suited as knowledge café discussion).
Applications can be submitted in English, French and Portuguese.
The call for proposals closes on
September 30, 2021.
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