West and Central Africa

Created after the regionalization and decentralization process initiated by the IUCN Secretariat in 2006, the PACO region was born from the merger of Central Africa and West Africa programs.

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  • Photo: IUCN/BIOPAMA

    A year in images: BIOPAMA 2018

    18.01.2019

    In 2018, the BIOPAMA programme engaged with a significant number of stakeholders to ensure that BIOPAMA’s activities support the needs of the countries and their actors, as well as assist them in achieving their conservation objectives and international...

  • Photo: Thomas Bacha/IUCN

    Strengthening partnerships and action for protected areas in Western and Central Africa

    08.01.2019

    Tanya Merceron is IUCN's new regional coordinator for Western and Central Africa of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In this interview, she tells us about her professional career before...

  • Léonidas Nzigiyimpa receiving the National Geographic award 2018 Photo: National Geographic

    Leonidas, a conservation hero committed to local sustainable development

    28.11.2018

    Léonidas Nzigiyimpa, 56 years old, a forester with training on sustainable development, has been working for 20 years at the Burundian Office for Environmental Protection in the area of ​​nature conservation and management of protected areas.

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