25 Sep 2018

BirdLife wins leadership in conservation award in Africa

BirdLife Policy and Advocacy staff%2c who contributed immensely for our work in Africa to be recognised received the award in Nairobi%2c Kenya (c) Fathy Ahmed (1)
By Jude Fuhnwi

BirdLife International is the first recipient of the exceptional leadership award in environmental management and governance in Africa. The award was given by NEPAD, an economic development programme of the African Union to BirdLife on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The award recognizes BirdLife’s outstanding work in the conservation of birds, their habitats and global biodiversity in Africa.

BirdLife Policy and Advocacy staff  who contributed immensely for our work in Africa to be recognised received the award in Nairobi Kenya © Fathy Ahmed

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency, in partnership with the technical implementation agency of the African Union Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gave the award as part of events to mark 50 years of environmental governance and sustainability in Africa. The awards recognise countries, institutions and individuals who have made remarkable impact on the African continent.

“BirdLife International thanks the African Union, NEPAD Agency and UN Environment for this recognition and award.  It is a seal of approval of work the BirdLife partnership is doing through 23 national civil society partner organisations across Africa and policy work regionally through our Secretariat,” said Ken Mwathe, BirdLife Africa Policy Coordinator, shortly after receiving the award.

“Through the BirdLife partnership, local action informed by science and policy influencing will continue to make a difference in critical habitats that are important for both people and birds across Africa,” Mr Mwathe added.

Certificate of recognition © Fathy Ahmed

The inaugural award ceremony took place at the end of the 7th Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) held on 17-19 September at the United Nations complex in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

2018 is a significant year for Africa because the 14th Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Egypt, a country in the continent, in November.