Workshop Discusses Strategies for Land Use in Tune with Biodiversity
A recent workshop, titled ‘Sustainable Land Use in West Africa: National and International Policy Responses that Deliver for Migratory Birds and People,’ discussed a range of regional land-use changes that are negatively impacting biodiversity and ecosystem services and undermining sustainable livelihoods of local communities. In further meetings convened by the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) and the Council of Ministers of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), regional stakeholders and partners developed recommendations on issues such as improved collaboration on forest management and land use planning, climate change and resource mobilization.
The West Africa workshop, which took place in Abuja, Nigeria, from 24-26 November 2016, convened as part of the follow up to the 2014 Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), which adopted Resolution 11.17 on the African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan. The resolution identified land-use changes as one of the most relevant threats for the conservation of migratory birds in Africa, noting these changes are occurring rapidly, impacting on the habitats of migratory birds, and require an integrated approach to land use management. The meeting brought together government representatives of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal with various UN organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), as well as research and civil society organizations.