South Africa to host the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Conservation Forum

19 July 2019

 

South Africa, through the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will host a three day Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) for Eastern and Southern Africa from 23 to 25 July 2019 in Johannesburg.

Ministers responsible for environment from countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Kenya will attend the forum to be convened under the theme: “Securing a future for people and nature in Eastern and Southern Africa,” with an aim of consolidating a common agenda to position and safeguard the region’s long-term conservation interests while delivering results for people and nature.

Over 150 representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector and local and indigenous group representatives are expected to attend the forum, with an objective of gathering African voice on securing a future for nature, the people and future generations across Eastern and Southern Africa and to support success of the global processes.

The forum will include an open dialogue focusing on contemporary values of society and implications for conservation practice and sustainable use. The dialogue led by Ministers of Environment from various countries in East and Southern Africa, is expected to result in recommendations targeting regional and continental policy processes as well as IUCN’s Programme of work in the region for 2021 - 2024.

Members of the media are invited to attend a Conservation Forum for Eastern and Southern Africa as per the details below:

Date: Tuesday 23 - 25 July 2019

Venue: Protea Hotel, OR Tambo Hotel, Corner York & Gladiator Streets, Rhodesfield

Time:  09:00

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana
E-mail: EMulibana@environment.gov.za /
Tel: +27 82 263 7372

Dimakatso Tsutsubi
E-mail: DTsutsubi@environment.gov.za

For media queries contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: +27 83 490 2871 or

Caroline Nyamamu
E-mail: Caroline.Nyamamu@iucn.org /
Tel: +254 722772370

Jointly issued by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries and IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office