Protocol Concerning Protected Areas and Wild Fauna and Flora in the Eastern African region (PPAWFEA)

The Protocol concerning Protected Areas and Wild Fauna and Flora in the Eastern African Region was adopted in Nairobi on 21 June 1985 and entered into force on 30 May 1996. This Protocol has been adopted in the frame of the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region (Nairobi Convention).

Objectives and approach

The objective of the Protocol Concerning Protected Areas and Wild Fauna and Flora in the Eastern African region (PPAWFEA) is to provide for the protection of threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna, and important natural habitats, in the Eastern African region. It requires parties to take, in conformity with international law, the measures required to achieve the objectives of protected areas and take all appropriate measures to prohibit the intentional or accidental introduction of alien or new species which may cause significant or harmful changes.

Institutional structure

This Protocol follows the same institutional structure than the Nairobi Convention. Besides, ordinary meetings of the Contracting Parties to this Protocol shall be held in conjunction with ordinary meetings of the Contracting Parties to the Convention held pursuant to article 17 of the Convention.

Work areas

The Contracting Parties shall protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems as well as rare, depleted, threatened or endangered species of wild fauna and flora and their habitats in the Eastern African region.