LATF is pleased to have participated in the 19th AMCEN meeting in Addis Ababa, where it took part in fostering invaluable partnerships. On the sidelines of the Conference themed “Seizing opportunities and enhancing collaboration to address environmental challenges in Africa”, LATF actively engaged in discussions with key players in the conservation field.
Our team had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, currently holding the esteemed positions of United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director at UNEP, along with Mr. Robert Wabunoha, UNEP’s Regional Coordinator for Environment Governance at the Africa office. During these meetings, we discussed UNEP’s vital role in promoting cooperative initiatives to tackle cross-border wildlife crimes. It’s worth highlighting that the Lusaka Agreement, a significant milestone in the environmental conservation sector, was negotiated and signed with the support of UNEP.
Additionally, we had the honour to connect with Daudi Sumba, WWF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, as we explored ways to enhance mutual support and collaboration in the critical realm of transboundary law enforcement against wildlife crime. We also held a productive meeting with Dr. Akankwasah Barirega, the Executive Director of NEMA in Uganda among other dignitaries.
The Conference wraps up today (18th August) with Ministers of Environment from all 54 African Union Member States adopting pivotal decisions and resolutions that will shape the environmental landscape, undertake actions to benefit from Africa’s critical minerals and fortify climate change adaptation efforts.
The AMCEN meeting reinforced LATF’s commitment to preserving our planet’s natural treasures and more importantly safeguarding our wildlife and forest species. We look forward to building on these connections and working together to make a lasting impact.
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