To celebrate World Environment Day, the African Development Bank joined hands with the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations Environment Program and other partners.
World Environment Day, for which Pakistan hosts global celebrations, was celebrated with the theme of “ecosystem restoration”. It also marked the official launch of the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030. Restoring ecosystems takes many forms: growing trees, greening cities, regenerating gardens, changing diets, and cleaning rivers and coasts.
On this occasion, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Jean-Luc Assi, presided over the official ceremony organized on Friday, June 4, at the Abidjan district hotel, in the presence of technical and financial partners, presidents institutions, diplomats and representatives of the private sector and civil society.
Several members of the cabinet of the President of the African Development Bank, directors and heads of service also participated in the ceremony.
Celebrated in Côte d’Ivoire under the slogan “Together, let’s give life back to nature”, World Environment Day aims to remind the population of the major environmental challenges linked to the disappearance of ecosystems, climate change and pollution.
Al Hamdou Dorsouma, Acting Director of the Climate Change and Green Growth Department. at the African Development Bank, said: “Conserving and restoring ecosystems can provide important economic opportunities, while reducing poverty and addressing climate change in Africa. This is why the Bank supports its member countries to protect their natural capital and derive lasting benefits from it. This sense of urgency motivated us to recently mobilize US $ 6.5 billion by 2025 for the Great Green Wall, a vast program to restore ecosystems and improve livelihoods across Africa. . The healthier our ecosystems, the healthier the planet and its inhabitants! “
Restoring land and natural ecosystems is imperative for our survival and that of our planet. It can significantly contribute to post-Covid-19 economic recovery, improve food, water and energy security for humanity, and foster healthier, resilient and prosperous societies.
Investing in land restoration indeed creates jobs and generates economic benefits, and could provide livelihoods at a time when hundreds of millions of jobs are being lost.
As part of World Environment Day, the Ivorian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development also organized an awareness-raising caravan through the city of Abidjan. This operation was preceded by an ecological march, initiated by civil society organizations this Saturday, June 5 in the Yopougon district.