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Preface Annex 1
The theme of the Africa Environment Outlook 2 – Our Environment, Our Wealth is Environment for Development. This is inspired by two landmark documents of the United Nations (UN) – the Brundtland Commission’s report, Our Common Future, and Agenda 21 – and Africa’s own vision of renaissance.
In 1987, the Brundtland Commission advised that:
Echoing this approach the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in its environmental programme of action, Agenda 21 reaffirmed the links between environment and development, drawing attention to the fundamental connection between environmental goods-and-services and human well-being:
Building on this vision, Africa Environment Outlook 2 – Our Environment, Our Wealth (AEO-2) profiles Africa’s environmental resources as an asset for the region’s development. The assessment highlights the opportunities presented by the natural resource base to support development and the objectives of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The report reaffirms the need for sustainable livelihoods, and the importance of environmental initiatives in supporting them. The emphasis is put on what should and can be done with existing (remaining) environmental assets, in the context of identified constraints (issues), rather than focusing on what has been (already) lost.
The following are particularly illustrated: