Hundreds of delegates gathered today in Kigali, Rwanda for the official start of the World Environment Day celebrations in the 2010 global host country, Rwanda. The Environment & Conservation Conference included keynote speeches from Rwandan Minister of Environment and Lands, Stanislas Kamanzi, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf.
UNEP launched a new report that states restoring lost and damaged ecosystems—from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands—can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty. The report, entitled Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development, underlines that far from being a tax on growth and development, many environmental investments in degraded, nature-based assets can generate substantial and multiple returns.
The TUNZA Regional Youth Conference on Biodiversity continued today in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference began on 2 June and will see 35 youth from around all sub-regions of Africa share and discuss biodiversity in Africa.