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Nigeria, ECOWAS host regional biodiversity consultation

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS-CEDEAO) will host the first ECOWAS Regional Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) consultation on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for two days from Monday, August 10, 2020 through a webinar.

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar
Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

The priorities for the consultation, it was gathered, centres on biodiversity in the African continent with the hope of mobilising regional effort to deliver biodiversity protection and resource mobilisation towards achieving the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The Regional Consultation, with the theme “Strengthening the African Position Ahead of the OEGW-3 Meeting”, will be declared opened by Dr. Muhammed Mahmood, the Minister of the Environment, while Mrs. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State on Environment, will deliver statements.

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The consultation is being organised with the technical and financial support of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) respectively.

As part of the Regional Consultation, all ECOWAS Member States will have the opportunity to reach a common position towards the protection, restoration, and preservation of biodiversity across West Africa.

Although the Regional Consultation is a CBD Party-driven discussion, it will also give opportunity for selected development partners, intergovernmental organisations and environmental NGOs like African Union Commission, African Development Bank, African Group of Negotiators on Biodiversity, Canadian Embassy, German Embassy, US Embassy, British High Commission, Australia High Commission, United Nations Environment Programme, AUDA-NEPAD, SADC, CEEAC, EAC, Birdlife International and others to participate and offer support.

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