Adoption of resolution supporting regional initiatives to conserve mammal diversity in West and Central Africa at WCC in Jéju

On 14 September the IUCN members present at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jéju (South Korea) adopted Resolution 5.022 Supporting regional initiatives to conserve mammal diversity in West and Central Africa, and this resolution calls on governments. This resolution is giving strong support to large mammal conservation in general and large carnivore conservation in particular in the region of W and C Africa.

The resolution:

  • APPLAUDS the establishment of regional conservation initiatives in West and Central Africa, as mentioned above;
  • CALLS UPON all IUCN Members worldwide to support these initiatives;
  • CALLS UPON range states in the region to develop national action plans for Lion, Cheetah and African Wild Dog and their prey as part of a strategy for long-term conservation and to invest in implementation of these national action plans;
  • CALLS UPON all stakeholders to encourage and launch new initiatives in West and Central Africa for halting and reversing the declining trends of mammals, and biodiversity in general, in the region;
  • REQUESTS the Director General, the Species Survival Commission and the Commission on Ecosystem Management, to provide policy support to these and new initiatives and to bring them to the attention of range states and international donors, like the United Nations Environment Programme, the African Development Bank, World Bank and the Global Environment Facility.

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