UNESCO pledges support for Africa to tackle environmental challenges

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has promised to provide financial support through its biosphere reserve fund, to address issues of environmental challenges on the African continent.

Director-General of the organisation, Audrey Azoulay, made the pledge on Monday at the 33rd session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) in Abuja.

She gave an assurance that that UNESCO’s projects on the Lake Chad basin would go a long way to restore the ecosystem which was fast experiencing degradation.

Azoulay, who decried the effect of the environmental challenges, was hopeful that there was still time to make peace with the planet. “The erosion of biodiversity is no longer a hypothesis, but a fact – one that can already be seen and felt in our everyday lives,” she said.

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