Conclusion of the Panafrican Conference on Biodiversity and Poverty Eradication

Libreville (Gabon), on 12-17 September 2010, holding of the first Panafrican Conference on Biodiversity and Poverty Eradication. A dozen of African ministers attended the meeting marked by the presence of Mrs Jouano, the French Secretary of State in charge of Ecology. The technical segment launched on 12 September 2010 with an appraisal of biodiversity and poverty eradication in Africa was replaced by the ministerial segment (16-16 September, 2010). During this segment, ministers examined experts’ proposals in search of common positions at the UN high level conference on biodiversity (22-23 September in New York) and the tenth COP Conference (COP 10), in Nagoya (Japan).


Following discussions, ministers adopted the “Common Position ahead of the Tenth Meeting of the COP Conference at the Convention on Biological Diversity”, including three texts, namely: a ministerial declaration called the “Libreville Declaration” which states a number of commitments concerning the protection of biodiversity, a roadmap for the creation of a Panafrican commission in view of the setting up of an IPBES platform (scientific and political intergovernmental platform on biodiversity and ecosystemic services) and a roadmap for the adoption of a green economy in Africa with recommendations on national policies (legal and fiscal frameworks).


At the end of discussions, an African commission shall be put in place to design a biannual assessment plan of efforts achieved by African countries in terms of biodiversity.


Key documents to download:


Common Position ahead of the Tenth COP Conference Meeting at the Convention on Biodiversity

Libreville Declaration on Biodiversity and Poverty Eradication in Africa

Roadmap for the creation of a Panafrican Commission in view of the putting in place of the Scientific and Political Governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystemic Services

Roadmap for the Adoption of a Green Economy in Africa


In the Media The 1st PanAfrican Conference on Biodiversity and Poverty Eradication

Press – Presidency of the Republic of Gabon: Panafrican Conference on Biodiversity and Poverty Eradication – Press release 

The Opinion on the Panafrican Conference on Biodiversity and Poverty Eradication in Africa

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