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|Title: ||First AfriMAB Technical Workshop for Francophone African Countries|
|ASFA Terms: ||Biodiversity|
|Issue Date: ||2-Oct-1999|
|Abstract: ||1. In the past 20 years, the world has been swamped with reports, action plans and
recommendations aimed at curing the ills afflicting our planet. International conferences,
environmental campaigns and scientific studies have all advocated precautionary measures
2. Humanity must take account of the amount of pressure the Earth can stand, and adopt
lifestyles and development methods that respect nature’s limitations, without necessarily
having to forgo the benefits of modem technologies.
3. Biosphere reserves are designed to respond to this dilemma. Their effectiveness hinges
on synergy between scientists, conservation and development groups, management authorities
and local communities. Such requirements are confirmed by the principles of sustainable
development, which also underpin the relevant Conventions - on Biological Diversity, to
Combat Desertification, on Climate Change and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
4. Biosphere reserves continue to be ideal experimentation sites for the conservation and
sustainable management of our environment. It was to boost their ability to promote such a
tool that the MAB National Committees and biosphere reserve managers gathered in Dakar
(Senegal) in October 1996, and created the AfriMAB Network.
5. The first Technical Workshop for Francophone African Countries to be staged within
the framework of the AfriMAB Network sought to explore specific issues involved in
implementing the Seville Strategy, and to set an agenda of activities for the following two
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