African countries want to put in place effective environmental policies to ensure the safeguarding and preservation of the continent's ecosystems.
Delegates from across the African continent began talks in Rwanda on Monday at the occasion of the first African congress on the theme of the role of protected areas in the future of the planet.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Africa Protected Areas Congress, ICCA, takes place a few months before COP15 Biodiversity is held in December in Montreal, which must adopt a global framework to better protect nature ravaged by human activities, by 2050, with a milestone in 2030.
Protected areas are essential to the survival of the planet, said IUCN Director General Bruno Oberle on the first day of talks in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. They must continue until July 23 and bring together some 2000 participants.
And the more we manage them for the benefit of people and nature, the more we will build a future where everyone, whether person or animal, can thrive, he added on Twitter.
A ranger walks past a billboard that promotes primate conservation in forest reserves in Ghana.
According to organizers, ICCA aims to define the role of protected areas in safeguarding Africa's iconic wildlife and providing vital ecosystem services, as well as promoting sustainable development while preserving the cultural heritage and traditions of the continent.
It is high time that African lawmakers put in place strong measures and strategies to ensure that the destruction of our rich biodiversity is halted, said Rwandan Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente.
Last month, the 196 members of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in Nairobi to prepare for COP15 biodiversity, but while some progress has been made, important work remains to be done by December.
Time is running out as states have failed to deliver on their commitments over the past decade and the degradation of the environment, which provides clean water, air and food, continues apace.
< p class="e-p">It is about protecting at least 30% of land and oceans by 2030, reducing plastic and agricultural pollution, or even ensuring the proper implementation of objectives adopted.
In Senegal, to slow down coastal erosion, the government has launched a major project called the “Great Green Wall”.
Although a broad coalition of countries support the goal of protecting at least 30% of the globe and the leaders of 93 countries pledged in September 2020 to end the organic crisis diversity, this theme struggles to impose itself on the international political agenda at the same level as the climate.