The African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity (“the Summit”) will be held from 10 am to 6 pm on 13 November 2018 at Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt under the theme “Land and ecosystem degradation and restoration: Priorities for increased investments in biodiversity and resilience in Africa”.
The Summit will bring together environment ministers and key partners to discuss and provide policy and strategic guidance on Africa’s biodiversity priorities and future work programmes, identify opportunities for African countries to adopt a coordinated approach to addressing the challenges of biodiversity loss, climate change, and land degradation, promote synergetic implementation of the three Rio conventions - the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The delegates will, inter alia:
Review the current status and trends in land and ecosystem degradation in Africa and their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services;
Identify strategic actions to combat ecosystem degradation and promote ecosystem restoration across the region;
Share experiences and lessons learned on ecosystem restoration in the region, including successes, challenges and barriers to ecosystem restoration;
Review the current continent-wide, sub-regional and national commitments and initiatives on ecosystem restoration and identify opportunities to upscale those initiatives and commitments; and
Identify opportunities to enhance actions towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and contribute to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union 2063 Agenda.
It is expected that the Summit will adopt a Ministerial Declaration on Biodiversity and a Pan-African Action Agenda on Ecosystem Restoration for Increased Resilience, and also endorse Africa’s biodiversity priorities.