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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    Mapping: A steppingstone to boots-on-the-ground


    Conservation and development projects like the Stabilizing Land Use (PLUS) project work across landscapes to benefit both people and nature. Maps provide vital context to intervention areas, and advanced geospatial analyses can serve as steppingstones to help...

  • Africocypha varicolor 16% of the world's damselfly and dragonfly species are threatened with extinction, including Africocypha varicolor, a species found only in two streams on the Moyabi-Madzay plateau in Gabon.   Photo: André Günther

    Dragonflies threatened as wetlands around the world disappear - IUCN Red List


    Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2021 (IUCN) – The destruction of wetlands is driving the decline of dragonflies worldwide, according to the first global assessment of these species in today’s update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Their decline is...

  • Photo de groupe Photo: UICN PACO

    Sous bassin du Logone : la gestion des conflits liés à l’exploitation des ressources naturelles en question


    Les conflits liés à l’accès aux ressources naturelles dans le sous bassin du Logone (l’un des principaux affluents du Bassin du Lac Tchad) se sont exacerbés avec les aléas climatiques, et l’insécurité qui sévit dans la région renforce de nouvelles pressions...

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