Dr. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, European Parliament Rapporteur for the new EU-Africa Strategy, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) invites you to participate in the virtual conference “Addressing the Biodiversity Crisis: The Role of the Africa-EU Partnership”.
Africa is home to a vast and rich natural capital, including outstanding biodiversity and numerous intact marine, forest, grassland, and other ecosystems. However, increasing pressure on natural resources in Africa is leading to significant biodiversity loss and habitat degradation, bringing entire ecosystems to the brink of collapse. The current COVID-19 pandemic shows the importance to support global efforts to apply the One Health approach, which recognises the intrinsic connection between human health, animal health and healthy, resilient natural systems.
The EU and Africa have an opportunity to increase their partnership and collaboration in order to address the various challenges related to biodiversity conservation. The EU and Africa can and should also play a leading role on the international stage, building on the global momentum after the UN Biodiversity Summit held in September 2020, the One Planet Summit held in January 2021, and leading to and during the CBD COP15 this year.
This will be an online only conference with FR/EN interpretation.
Please register in order to receive an access code.
For ease of access and for interpretation purposes, please make sure you have downloaded Zoom on your device and you connect 5 min before the event starts.
We look forward to having you with us.
Welcome Words by Dr. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou MEP
Introduction by Conference Moderator
Dr. Susan Lieberman – Vice President, International Policy, WCS
H.E. Ms. Jutta Urpilainen – EU Commissioner for International Partnerships (video)
H.E. Amb. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko – AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment
H.E. Mr. Francisco André - Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, EU Council Presidency
PANEL 1 - Africa and the EU: partners to protect and restore Africa’s unique biodiversity
H.E. Hon. Ms. Sharon Ikeazor – Federal Minister of State for Environment of Nigeria
Mr. Tom Lalampaa – CEO, Northern Rangelands Trust
Ms. Carla Montesi – Director, Green Deal and Digital Agenda, DG INTPA, European Commission
Mr. Emmanuel de Merode – Director, Virunga National Park, DRC
Ms. Tiana Andriamanana – Executive Director, Fanamby Association, Madagascar
Dr. Emma Stokes – Regional Director, Central Africa, WCS
Q&A: 15 min
PANEL 2 - Africa and the EU: partners on the international stage to reverse the trend of global biodiversity loss
H.E. Mr. Abdou Karim Sall – Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal
Represented by Colonel Bocar Thiam, Director of National Parks and Reserves of Senegal
Mr. Kaddu Sebunya – CEO, the African Wildlife Foundation
Ms. Jyoti Mathur-Filipp – Director, Implementation Support Division, CBD
Ms. Birgit Pickel – Director, Global Health, Pandemic Preparedness and One Health - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim – Coordinator, Association for Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)
Dr. Michel Masozera – Director, Policy and Institutional Partnerships for Africa, WCS
Q&A: 15 min
Mr. Rémy Rioux – CEO, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)