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Improving PA Governance for Secure Livelihoods and PoWPA Implementation in Southern Africa

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO)

Date and Time
25 October 2010 16:30 - 18:0

Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10)

Effective and equitable governance is critical in helping to ensure that protected areas (PAs) meet their conservation objectives, while enhancing livelihood security of local people. Governance is an important element in the realization of CBD objectives, in particular within the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). Governance of protected areas faces many challenges, however, in regions like Southern Africa where protected areas contain a high number of rural communities who depend on the ecosystems of such areas. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office will host a side event to explore challenges and opportunities for improving PA governance in Southern Africa, for strengthening PoWPA implementation in the Region and enhancing the contribution of PA to sustainable livelihoods.