A Pan-African Conservation Trust

For Nature,
for people

Africa’s systems of protected and conserved areas are the backbone of the natural infrastructure underpinning the development aspirations set out in Agenda 2063 — and integral to global goals for addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and desertification.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Africa’s over 8,600 protected and conserved areas are under-resourced, leaving them vulnerable to encroachment, conversion, and degradation.

A sustainable financing mechanism to protect the areas that protect us all

The global goals for climate and biodiversity are unattainable without Africa. A Pan-African Conservation Trust (APACT) is an ambitious African-led effort born out of the need to address the funding gap for Africa’s protected and conserved areas via an independent hybrid sustainable financing mechanism. Spearheaded by the African Protected Area Directors (APAD) and supported by the African Wildlife Foundation, the Consortium for African Funds for the Environment, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and a host of others, APACT launched at the first-ever IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress.

At its core APACT sets an ambitious vision of creating an independent, African-led financing mechanism that empowers those who manage protected and conserved areas across the continent to have the resources they need to do their jobs.

APACT Leadership

Steering Committee

H.E. Hailemariam

Former Prime Minister, Ethiopia

Former AU Chair & AWF Board Member

Paulo Gomes

Former Executive Director, World Bank

Founder, Chairman, & CEO, Constelor Investment Holdings

Co-Founder, New African Capital Partners

Vice Chair Bioguine Foundation

Deborah Malac

Former U.S. Ambassador to Uganda

Former U.S. Ambassador to Liberia

Kaddu Sebunya


George W. Rubagumya

Executive Director at Liaison Financial Services Ltd.

Former Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority


Achim Steiner

Administrator of the UN Development Programme

Former Executive Director UN Environment Programme

Former Director General, IUCN

Valli Moosa

Former Minister, South Africa, Department of Tourism & Environmental Affairs

Former President, IUCN

Donald Kaberuka

Former President, Africa Development Bank

Former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda