Alice Ruhweza is Conservation International‘s vice president for Programs and Partnerships in Africa.
Last week on March 14, 2019, I joined heads of state, government ministers, civil society organizations, research and academic institutions, private sector and local communities at the One Planet Summit in Nairobi to sign “the Africa Pledge – Nairobi Call for Action on the Conservation and Preservation of Forests in Africa” on behalf of Conservation International.
Opened by French President Emmanuel Macron and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, this first regional edition of the summit not only highlighted Africa’s unique role as a global partner in the field of innovative solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience but also showcased breakthrough initiatives and triggered new coalitions and commitments.
The Africa Pledge calls upon all stakeholders to contribute in preventing, halting and reversing the loss of Africa’s forests by elaborating joint operational strategies based on knowledge sharing, scientific expertise and renewed international cooperation with the overall objective of promoting sustainable, inclusive and transparent management of forests.
This call is very timely considering that the most recent special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that indicated that destructive impacts of global warming and climate change on natural and human systems are heightening.
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