Africa urged to adopt common stance to preserve biodiversity

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Kenyan officials and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) on Monday urged Africa to adopt a common voice in wildlife conservation in order to boost biodiversity preservation.

Erustus Kanga, wildlife secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife who spoke on behalf of Najib Balala, cabinet secretary in the ministry, said that collaboration will promote African solutions to African conservation challenges.

“Your coming together presents an opportunity for the continent to develop a common agenda for our protected areas and facilitate collaboration to develop practical ways of addressing the conservation challenges that include loss of biodiversity, illegal wildlife trade, and the impact of climate change,” Kanga said during the opening session of the African protected area directors working session.

Kanga also called on the continent to establish a joint platform that will contribute to informing decisions and directions on conservation on the continent.

He noted that regular consultation among African countries will facilitate exchange of advice and solutions as peers while providing a stronger sense of unity and strength to voice challenges.

John Waweru, director general of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) noted that Africa’s focus must be restoration, increased protection, better management, disaster reduction and resilience actions for Africa’s protected areas.

Waweru observed that the continent is grappling with similar challenges when it comes to sustainable conservation efforts and, therefore, the African countries need to work together to prevent biodiversity loss.

Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of AWF, urged Africa to forge a common front on conservation by mapping out practical approaches to addressing the conservation challenges such as biodiversity loss, illegal wildlife trade, the impact of climate as a continent. Enditem

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