Protection of natural World Heritage sites in the Congo Basin

The role of the World Heritage Convention for the protection of biodiversity in the Congo Basin: challenges and opportunities

TV Studio 3
Agora
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
14:50 to 15:00

In Central Africa, the protection of the natural heritage constitutes an essential stake because of the capital importance of these forests which shelter an exceptional biodiversity characterized by a very high level of endemism, and directly ensure the survival of about 30 million people. In addition, these forests contribute to climate regulation via carbon sequestration. Their conservation is therefore fundamental.

This session aims at presenting the role of the World Heritage Convention for the protection of biodiversity in the Congo Basin and how the World Heritage status strengthens the protection of sites in Central Africa. It will do so by analyzing and showcasing case studies and success stories in the region, such as the Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI).

Contact Session organiser

Please feel free to send an email to the following address

t.carvalho-resende@unesco.org

Organised by

Speakers

Moderator
Claire DOOLE
Thematic Moderator, Protected Area Management and Species Conservation
Emma STOKES
Regional Director, Central Africa, Wildlife Conservation Society
Tales CARVALHO RESENDE
Project Officer
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)