Anglophone Africa Subregional Workshop on the Review of and Capacity-Building for the Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas under the Convention on Biological Diversity

13-16 August 2007 | Cape Town, South Africa

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On Wednesday morning, participants in the Anglophone Africa Subregional Workshop met in plenary to hear presentations reviewing the elements of a protected area system master plan, and outlining national implementation support partnerships (NISPs) and the UNDP/GEF Early Action Grant project application process. Participants then studied the various categories under which applications could be made and reported back about which of the categories matched their needs. For the remainder of the morning, work continued in country groups on finalizing country reports and consolidating work from the previous two days on ecological gap assessment, management effectiveness and sustainable finance planning. Participants also prepared draft recommendations with a view to forwarding them to the second meeting of Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group on protected areas (OEWG) and CBD COP-9.

In the afternoon, participants heard reports from the five country groups on their morning's work. They structured their reports according to number of factors, including status of their countries' progress, foreseen obstacles and challenges, next steps and types of support required. The Workshop participants then spent the remainder of the day in plenary discussions to consolidate the recommendations, organizing them under five headings: capacity building and technical transfer; institutional coordination; regional integration; financial support; and community participation.

Anglophone Africa Subregional Workshop on Protected Areas participants.

Sikhumbuzo Dlamini, Director of National Parks, Swaziland National Trust Commission, asked for advice on how to foster sustainable coalitions.

Aimée Mpambara, Environmental Impact Assessment Officer, Rwanda Environment Management Authority, sought clarity on the UNDP/GEF Early Action Grant funding for gap analysis activities.

L-R: Maxim Vergeichik, UNDP, discussed the UNDP/GEF Early Action Grant with Eshetu Janka, Head of Forage and Pasture Plants Genetic Resource Department, Institute of Biodiversity Conservation, Ethiopia, and Belachew Wassihov, Head of Medicinal Plants Genetic Resources, Institute of Biodiversity Conservation, Ethiopia.

Participants from Kenya discuss possible activities for funding under the UNDP/GEF Early Action Grant.

Country Group Five Rapporteur Tapera Chimuti, Director for Conservation, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Zimbabwe.

Country Group Three Rapporteur, Khaled Allam Harhash, Head of the Planning Unit, Nature Conservation Sector, Egypt, outlined his group’s recommendations.

Trevor Sandwith facilitated discussions on the Workshop’s recommendations to be forwarded to the Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group.

Nik Sekhran, Regional Technical Advisor, GEF, stressed the need for coordination of existing funding that is provided to countries.

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