The Federal Government in partnership with the Economic Community Of West African States,ECOWAS CEDEAO is hosting the first ECOWAS Regional CBD consultation on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
The event which held via Webinar started yesterday, Monday to be rounded off on Tuesday.
According to the organisers, the consultation has as part of its priorities, biodiversity in the African continent with the hope of mobilizing regional effort to deliver biodiversity protection and resource mobilization.
This will aid in achieving post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
The Regional Consultation with the theme “Strengthening the African Position Ahead of the OEGW-3 Meeting” was declared opened by the Minister of the Environment, Dr. Muhammed Mahmood.
Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, Mrs. Elizabeth Mrema and Chief Minister of State on Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, will also be on ground to deliver their statement.
The consultation is being organized with the technical and financial support of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).
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 organizations 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 Environmental Programmes; AUDA-NEPAD, SADC, CEEAC, EAC; Birdlife International and others to participate and offer necessary support.