The Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is calling for proposals to to attract contributions from interested groups across Africa, which focus on the APAC objectives, streams and cross cutting themes.
Types of Events You Can Apply For
- High-level dialogues will take place during the opening and stream plenaries and include key note addresses and high-level moderated panels and will feature internationally recognized experts, politicians and CEOs in a series of moderated public debates that tackle the most strategic issues related to conservation and sustainable development.
- Conservation clinics: Conservation clinic will take 1-2 hours and will offer more in-depth approaches to specific conservation issues, facilitating a more complete understanding of the broader picture, factors and actors related to this issue.
- Knowledge Café: The 1.5-hour roundtable discussions of the knowledge café, involving up to 12 people, will explore common areas of interest, how to build on each other’s experience and discuss possible partnerships or joint ventures.
- Technical Workshops: These 1.5-hour interactive, side events give participants the opportunity to find out how to apply new techniques.
- Posters: Posters are a visual and concise way to showcase latest achievements. Posters show innovations and solutions on a multitude of topics, such as traditional and indigenous knowledge, new and more sustainable business models and investment opportunities, youth action, methods to address gender equity, latest technologies or emerging multi-sector partnerships.
- Conservation Campus (capacity building session): The half or one-day interactive training and capacitybuilding sessions of the conservation campus provide opportunities to further develop skills for conservation practitioners through peer-to-peer learning and academic sessions, endorsed by recognised experts.
- Social events: Networking and social interaction play an essential role at the Congress. Not only do the conference sessions allow for new relationships to form, social events also liven up the Congress and provide participants with a welcoming place to wind down at the end of the day or during the lunch break. Stay tuned for more information on how to book your prizes and awards ceremonial sessions, book launches, and more.
Selection Criteria for Proposals
The call for contributions for the Congress is competitive and it may be necessary to limit the number of particular types of events that an organizing institution can submit. All concepts will be reviewed by the programme team against the following selection criteria:
- Relevant to the congress theme and involves 2 or more African regions;
- Addresses the diversity of landscapes/seascapes in Africa, in particular those that were previously poorly addressed (marine, mountain, etc)
- Contributes to one or more of the overall congress objectives, and contributes to Africa’s solution to conservation issues in areas such as the SDGs, CBD, UNFCCC, etc.;
- Focus on new knowledge or improved understanding; · Personal, organizational or societal changes that helped achieve significant outcomes illustrated;
- New challenges, opportunities, approaches, innovations or solutions identified;
- Different perspectives and positions on the topic addressed; · Broad scope of stakeholders associated with the topic;
- Gender, in terms of roles in the event and the topic covered;
- Youth engagement, in terms of roles in the event and the topic, covered; and
- Overall regional and cultural diversity
For more information, visit https://apacongress.africa/download/call-for-proposals-instructions/