IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
To support the delivery of its programmes in West and Central Africa and Eastern and Southern Africa Regions, IUCN is launching a new project entitled “Stabilizing Land Use: PA categories V and VI as landscape mechanisms for enhancing biodiversity in agricultural land, ecological connectivity and REDD+ implementation”. The goal of the project is to demonstrate conservation and development benefits in targeted landscapes in four African countries, including Ghana, DR Congo, Tanzania and Uganda through better use of Protected Area categories V and VI (or other appropriate area based conservation mechanisms), and facilitate alignment with and integration of project outcomes, lessons and knowledge into national, sub-national and landscape policies and strategies. This project will increase biodiversity conservation potential of agricultural and forest land in 4 African countries by enhancing and expanding the role of PA categories V and VI, and other conservation measures including the full IUCN PA Matrix of governance types. Focus of implementation is to build on and/or enhance existing local and national initiatives and governance structures and processes to facilitate conservation of biodiversity and forest ecosystems at the sub-national levels, while making sure that lessons learned are captured at the national, regional and global levels. The project will also develop and/or promote appropriate local and national institutional arrangements and mechanisms to promote dialogue and reduce conflicts linked to natural resource management.