‘AfriMAB: Aligning the MAB Strategy to the Sustainable Development Goals 2015–2030

The 4th Session of the General Assembly of the African Network of Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme was hosted by the Ghana MAB National Committee in Accra from 24 to 27 November 2015 under the theme ‘AfriMAB: Aligning the MAB Strategy (2015–2025) to the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs (2015–2030)’. Participants from twenty-one Member States attended the assembly including representatives of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Zimbabwe. Representatives of UNESCO, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), also attended.

The Hon. Nii Osah MILLS, Minister for Land and Natural Resources, the Hon. Prof. Naana Jane OPOKU-AGYEMANG, the Minister of Education and Chairman of Ghana Natcom, and the Hon. Mahama AYARIGA, Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Lands and Natural Resources and Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation graced the occasion with their presence, demonstrating inter-ministerial collaboration and cooperation in support of the MAB programme and activities. Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and former member of the International Advisory Committee on Biosphere Reserves, chaired the opening ceremony.

In line with the main theme of the General Assembly, the participants discussed the MAB strategy and the Lima Action Plan and held preliminary discussions on priority areas for AfriMAB. These discussions will be pursued during the forthcoming 4th Congress of World Network of Biosphere Reserves, to be held in Lima from 14 to 17 March 2016.

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