ECOFAC6 Regional Programme conducts mid-term review to mark World Biodiversity Day

During the official opening of the ECOFAC6 Regional Programme’s Steering Committee, (organized in Douala, Cameroon from 4 to 6 May) EU Ambassador, Ms. Rosario Bento-Pais, recalled that the EU invests more than 80 million Euros in the ECOFAC6 Programme. The other 17 million are invested by the partners. Amounting to approximately 100 million Euros, the investment makes ECOFAC6 the largest European environmental programme in Central Africa and a one-of-the-kind initiative in the world.

Please download the press release below:

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ECOFAC6, the largest European environmental initiative in Central Africa and a one-of-the-kind programme in the world.

 

ECOFAC6’s contribution to biodiversity protection in Central Africa

Under the aegis of the Economic Community of Central African States - ECCAS (Regional Contracting Authority), ECOFAC6 contributes towards several activities aimed at preserving regional biodiversity. It supports States in managing Protected Areas through subsidy contracts with private operators, notably international NGOs with proven experience in conservation, that work closely with local communities and indigenous peoples. Engaging neighbouring populations in the integrated management of natural resources so they can receive sustainable benefits from them is also a key programme objective.

 

The European Union’s ongoing presence in the region, and alongside the Central African States, for 30 years, is evidence of strong commitment and the need for long-term support of the environment in the Congo Basin, the planet’s second green lung. This is even more relevant in the context of COVID19, which is a strong reminder of how much our lives are affected by the balance between humans and wildlife.

 

Central Africa has to prepare its contribution to the development of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This World Day is particularly important for the ECOFAC6 Programme which aims specifically to protect biodiversity and fragile ecosystems in Central Africa.

 

African biodiversity is undoubtedly a great heritage, albeit facing significant pressure from various sources: climate change, increase in population, global race for natural resources, fragmentation and destruction of natural environments especially due to growing urbanization and the expansion of agricultural land, overexploitation of wild species. (Overfishing, deforestation, poaching…). People and their activities exert pressure on ecosystems and thus alter their quality and quantity.

 

COPIL2021, an opportunity to reaffirm ECOFAC6 support for regional biodiversity

In an official statement delivered at the Programme’s Steering Committee meeting, COPIL2021 organized earlier this month in Douala - Cameroon, Her Excellency the EU Ambassador to Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe and ECCAS, Ms. Rosario Bento- Pais, recalled that the EU invests over 80 million Euros in the ECOFAC6 Programme. The other 17 million are invested by the partners. Amounting to approximately 100 million Euros, the investment makes ECOFAC6 the largest European environmental programme in Central Africa and a one-of-the-kind initiative in the world.

 

Please download the press release below:

Communique ECOFAC 622 May.pdf (264.5 KB)

 

 

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