Friday, June 15, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Expands Sustainable Protection of National Forests

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Ministry of Finance, Economy, and Planning, and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forests, and the Environment, expanded the sustainable protection of the country’s national forests at the meeting of the National Investment Plan for the Protection and Conservation of Forests.

The meeting was also attended by other high-level government officials, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), representatives from international bodies, the private sector, and civil society.

Equatorial Guinea developed frameworks for the Study of Strategic Options and the REDD+ National Strategy to regulate the conservation of the country’s forests, which cover some 93 percent of the national territory.

Equatorial Guinea is committed to the conservation of its forests, in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is focused on the sustainable use of forests for the benefit of all Equatoguineans in the fight against climate change and for the promotion of gender equality.

Equatorial Guinea is strongly committed to sustainable development in Africa. Equatorial Guinea has created a national plan to fight oil spillages and protect natural areas, highlighted the importance of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC), forest conservation, and the environment as part of the creation and implementation of its sustainable economic development model for the reduction of poverty.

In addition to the fight against climate change, Equatorial Guinea works closely with numerous international organizations on a number of development projects, including the eradication of hunger in Africa by 2025, in line with the country’s Sustainable Development Goals under the Horizon 2020 program.