The 1968 African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ACCNNR) was revised in 2003 by the African Union. It boosts the commitment by African governments to protect the environment, sustainable use of natural resources and a collective approach to biodiversity conservation in Africa. The revised Convention is a comprehensive and modern regional treaty on environment and natural resources conservation. It is the first to deal with a wide spectrum of sustainable development issues, including land and soil, water, and biological diversity conservation and sustainable use. The original convention entered into force on 16th June 1969, and had 31 ratifications from 54 AU member States by April 2013. The revised convention will enter into force once it has been ratified by 15 African states. As of April 2013, 8 countries have ratified it.
AFRICAN CONVENTION ON THE CONSERVATION OF NATURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES (PDF)