African Leaders Urged to Sustain Forests and Wildlife
Environmental experts have appealed to African governments to adopt policies that promote the sustainable management of forest and wildlife resources to conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth. The appeal was made during the 20th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission of the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the 4th African Forestry and Wildlife Week held in Kenya last month (1-5 February). Researchers and decision-makers at the session said that only by adopting such policies would African countries achieve the targets set in theSustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address the challenges posed by climate change.
Governments must ensure that forest lands are used in a way that conserves biodiversity and releases their full potential to fulfil ecological, economic and social functions without damaging other ecosystems.