The Chief Executive Officer of Obudu Conservation Centre (OCC), Nela Duke-Ekpenyong, has joined the African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance (ACBA). The coalition was formed in response to the need to bring African CSO voices together to influence the post-2020 CBD framework and ensure the framework reflects a coherent and authentic African voice. 

AFRICAN Wildlife Foundation, AWF, the Secretariat of the alliance of over 80 African Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, Thursday continued its campaign for a better world in the face of the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

The CSOs working in conservation, as the African CSOs Biodiversity Alliance, ACBA, in the online session titled ‘How COVID-19 Affected Policies on Wildlife Trade’ was part of the group’s strategy as aimed at engaging with the development of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in a manner that would reflect the values, rights, priorities and needs of African people.

Nela Duke-Ekpenyong, who spoke on the campaign, said in April 2020, her wildlife NGO dedicated to protecting, restoring and increasing awareness of the wildlands and wildlife on the Obudu Plateau and surrounding Cross River National Park, joined the communications and policy working group of ACBA.

Duke-Ekpenyong who manages the external communications of the Alliance, and assisting with the country-level engagement in Nigeria, liaising with media platforms to promote ACBA’s message and campaign, said she has produced a case study on Wildlife Community Forest Reserves, Pastoralism, and Water Rehabilitation to influence the Convention on Biodiversity’s Framework on Sustainable Use.

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