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Title:Perspectives on nature protection in Africa: the 2003 Maputo Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
Authors:Beyerlin, UlrichISNI
Holzer, VanessaISNI
Periodical:Journal of African and international law
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:nature conservation
environmental law
African agreements
Abstract:The Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (or the Maputo Convention) was adopted on 11 July 2003 by the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union. It revises the 1968 Algiers Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. This article analyses the Maputo Convention from the point of view of international environmental law. It puts the Convention into its historical and conceptual perspective and draws attention to two noteworthy features of the Convention: the prominent role of sustainable development throughout the Convention and the promotion of the participation of various stakeholders in environmental matters. It concludes that the Maputo Convention typifies a paradigm shift in international environmental law from strict preservation to sustainable use of natural resources with a view to reconciling economic development and environmental protection. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]