The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Birdlife International is organising a two-day workshop for Non-Governmental Organisations across the West African region in Abuja on 6th and 7th February, 2019. The theme of the workshop is ''Conservation-collaboration beyond National boundaries in the sub-region''.
The West African region is endowed with rich biodiversity populated by numerous species of flora and fauna. Unfortunately, this unique range of biodiversity are now amongst the world’s most threatened, due to illegal poaching and harvesting of parts or whole species, habitat degradation, poorly planned infrastructural, agricultural and urban settlement development.
A valuable mitigating factor to West African disappearing biodiversity is the lack of a platform for cross-border information exchange to develop common strategies and policies for biodiversity conservation. This has been identified as a major setback.
It is expected that this maiden workshop will provide a stronger platform for regional co-operation amongst Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and ensure that humans will live “in harmony with nature”.
The participating NGOs across the sub-region are Naturama – Burkina Faso; SOS Forests – Cote d’Ivoire; Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS); Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL); Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) and Nature-Communautés-Développement (NCD), Senegal
International and regional organisations attending the workshop are World Bank, African Development Bank, UNESCO, USAID, MacArthur Foundation, Heinrich Boll Stiftung and A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI).