The mission of the Biodiversity Programme at the Regional Office for Africa is to enhance conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, inside and outside the Protected Area systems - including forests, and optimize their contribution to sustainable development, at community, national, and regional levels.
The core areas are;
Every country in Africa has unique biodiversity and valuable ecosystems that are of both national and global importance. Therefore, improved land-use planning at national and local levels should be employed in the conservation process. Existing methods as well as developing and implementing new approaches should be based on: