IGAD adopts regional biodiversity protocol, strategies
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday adopted a regional biodiversity protocol and related strategies at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Executive Secretary of IGAD Mahboub Maalim said the protocol would help to mobilize resources and create much more cooperation on the issue of ecosystem development in the region.
IGAD ministers of environment approved the protocol on biodiversity management, which the Maalim described as a milestone achievement.
According to Maalim, regional economic integration in the Horn of Africa could be realized through prudent management of natural resources and trans-boundary ecosystems.
Recently, Ethiopia and Kenya launched a cross-border program which is the first of its kind.
“We are building on that high-level political support to help all linked in cross-border trans-boundary cooperation among member states” he added.
IGAD region is characterized by severe droughts and recurrent famine, which reflects the high level of land degradation and water shortage.
This poses a great threat to sustainability of ecosystems and sustained livelihoods for the people in the region.
Ethiopia’s Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Dr. Gemedo Dalle said the availability and endorsement of such a regional protocol is not enough to protect the biodiversity resources in the region.
“It is rather the level of our commitment to properly implement the protocol that would contribute to the sustainable management of the biodiversity resources in the region”, he suggested.