As the world marks this year’s World Environment Day, stakeholders have emphasized the importance of youth inclusion and active youth participation in matters concerning the environment as this will help attain the developmental expectations of the natural resources at a faster pace.
They also stressed the importance of Indigenous communities, Government policies as well as Private and Public sector policies and actions in Ecosystem Restoration.
This dominated talks at the Eleven Eleven Twelve foundation WED2021 Symposium webinar hosted by Kenyan Author and co-founder of Nyika SiliKa, Victoria Wangui from Nairobi Kenya.
Idowu Adekunle Olukayode, a representative of the EET Foundation was also one of the hosts.
The United Nations theme for this year’s World Environment Day was Ecosystem Restoration and our discussions centered on the level of conservation in sub-Saharan Africa regions.
After the official opening of the webinar by the hosts, the welcome address was delivered by Yunus Ibrahim, a volunteer and state representative of the Foundation.
In his opening remark, the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Carl-Michael Gräns’s reiterated that ecosystem services reveals the dependence of human on the natural world and the importance of integrating the values of ecosystem services and biodiversity into the political, economic and other policy decisions.
The keynote speaker, Sean Melbourne, in his address stated that the world environment day is an opportunity to reflect on “our natural heritage, to take stock of all we are doing as individuals or collectively for us to be able to promote and protect biodiversity and the ecosystem at large.
Ms. Thandie Mwape Villadsen stated that “we cannot win the battle against climate change without fitting our actions to align with the communities so they can be the ones that are taking the step forward in addressing some of the impacts on biodiversity loss.
Vivian Victor – Global Youth biodiversity Network Tanzania highlighted the importance of youth inclusion and active youth participation in matters concerning the environment as this will help us attain the developmental expectations of the natural resources at a faster pace.
Levis Kavagi, reinforced that ecosystem degradation in Africa is something we must take into consideration as we enter into the UN decade of action.
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually on the 5th of June and is the United Nations‘ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
First held in 1974, it has been a platform for raising awareness on environmental issue such as marine pollution, human overpopulation, global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
World Environment Day is a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually.
Each year, the program has provided a theme and forum for businesses, non-governmental organizations, communities, governments and celebrities to advocate environmental causes.
The webinar had over 100 attendees from different countries across Africa.