Our Forests are a Precious Treasure to be Preserved

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“Do your best to ensure your continent’s development”, that is the message in a lecture delivered by Nobel Laureate, Wangari Maathai, on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, in Tunis at the AfDB’s Temporary Relocation Agency. This effort, which is the responsibility of each African, will enable the continent’s natural resources to be developed and to ensure environmental protection.

Biological diversity degradation is due to human action, it is therefore in men’s minds that you should build peace and environmental preservation, she said. Prof. Maathai urged governments and institutions to promote agricultural development and reforestation in order to help the poorest to overcome poverty. Good natural resource management based on responsible and accountable leadership will enable the continent to emerge from its poverty.

In this respect, it is important to build the population’s capacity to enable it gain a better understanding of the real challenges relating to natural resource preservation on the continent, she said.