First, we would like to applaud the African Union Commission for convening African expert on wildlife and biodiversity and to thank you for creating a space for civil society organisations (CSOs) to take part in these important discussions. Africa’s successes in conserving biodiversity are arguably greatest when diverse actors harness the range of their perspectives and approaches to advance a common agenda and African priorities.
Second, we highlight that this statement is presented on behalf of:
Third, we wish to articulate the following collective perspectives of these CSOs on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) the convention on international trade in the endangered species of wild Fauna and Flora, and the work of the expert group on wildlife.
Convention on Biological Diversity
We commend the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) on Biodiversity for their representation of the African voice in the CBD, especially in the recently concluded meetings in Geneva.
We offer the following perspectives on the key issues related to the Post- 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF):
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