Biodiversity and ecosystems services have been the subject of high-level reflections at CSRS

A regional restitution workshop was held at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS), from the 10th to the 12th April, bringing together approximately forty scientists from seven countries in French-speaking Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania and Chad and specialists from Canada and Germany. The meeting focused on the theme "IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Africa - What are the lessons to be learned?". The meeting was supported by the Ministry of Food Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development. At the opening ceremony, the representative Minister Anne Desirée Ouloto set out the challenges for Côte d'Ivoire. "Biodiversity is life. And it is right that the United Nations enshrined a convention at the Earth Summit, a quarter of a century ago, in Rio De Janeiro, in 1992. Ecosystem services sustain this life. To work to ensure and perpetuate ecosystem services is to fight for the maintenance of a better quality of life, to fight for the survival of all species and especially for the human species" said Colonel Adama Tondossama, the CEO of the Ivorian Office of Parks and Reserves (Oipr), adding that "the objective of the Ivorian government is to achieve a forest cover rate of at least 20% of the national territory by 2030". The meeting in Abidjan is the result of an evaluation made on March 17-24 in Medellín, Colombia, as part of the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Ecosystem services are "the set of services or benefits that nature brings to humans," said Dr. Karim Ouattara, who represented the SCRS Director General at the opening of the workshop.
"After Medellin, experts from the Africa region wanted to meet in Abidjan to take stock of the results obtained and reflect on how to use its results in the future and the establishment of national platforms in each African country, said Dr Tié Hyacinthe, the IPBES focal point in Côte d'Ivoire.
African ecosystems having several components including forest, savannah and desert, the meeting in Abidjan allowed participants to appropriately reflect on the proposals made by experts on the levels of degradation of biodiversity in Africa.
Insofar, the Medellin assessment shows that "Africa has a unique asset that is under severe threat". The experts completed their meeting by drawing good lessons from the Medellin evaluation to address the various issues of this harsh prospect on African biodiversity. This high-level workshop benefited from the contribution of specialists from the German cooperation Giz, Wabes, ValuES among others. Source: Fraternité Matin

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