AfriCities participants attended a day-long workshop looking at the interaction between cities, the ecosystems that support them, and biodiversity. Held at the headquarters of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) at Nairobi National Park, this was the first time that biodiversity has been addressed at an AfriCities meeting. The workshop, which was organized by UNEP, the IUCN Task Force on Cities and Protected Areas, the Brazillian Embassy in Nairobi and KWS, gave examples how cities and especially poor urban dwellers can benefit from protected areas, biodiversity conservation and services from ecosystems such as wetlands, watersheds, and forests.
Following examples of ecosystem and biodiversity management at Nairobi National Park (Kenya), Cape Flats and Table Mountain National Park (South Africa), and wetlands in Accra (Ghana), participants developed recommendations for cities as managers of ecosystems.
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- Speeches and presentations:
- Speech by Achim Steiner,
Executive Director of UNEP
- Presentation on cities and ecosystems by Rob de Jong,
Ag. Head, Urban Environment Unit, UNEP
- Presentation on urban protected areas by Brett Myrdal,
Manager Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa
- Presentation on Accra’s wetlands by Samuel Anku,
Environment Protection Agency, Ghana
- Presentation on the Cape Flats Nature project by Tanya Goldman,
Cape Town, South Africa
- Presentation on the Nairobi Protected Area by Wilson Korir,
Assistant Director, Southern Area, KWS
- Presentation on the value of biodivesity to cities by Ted Trzyna,
IUCN Senior Adviser, Cities and Conservation; and Task Force Leader,
Cities and Protected Areas, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN.
- Background material: