Seminar on Strengthening and Handling Genetic Resources comes to a close

The Secretary of State from the Ministry for Forests and the Environment, Santiago Francisco Engonga Esono, oversaw the closing ceremony of the seminar workshop to strengthen capabilities, relating to the Nagoya protocol, on the use and handling of genetic resources in Equatorial Guinea. In his speech, he recalled that environmental problems do not only affect a single State or continent, but the world as a whole.

The seminar was organised by the Ministry for Forests and the Environment, through the National Institute for the Conservation of the Environment, and the Faculty of the Environment at the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE).

It was also attended by representatives from the United Nations dealing with environmental conservation, experts from ministerial departments, and UNGE students.

During the closing ceremony for the seminar, the Nagoya Protocol Consultant, Macelin Touye Nahop, stressed that during the seminar a huge effort had been made in order to achieve the aims for which the course had been organised. “Equatorial Guinea Guinea has just trained ambassadors in the policies of conservation and the handling of genetic resources”, said the expert, who concluded by thanking the seminar’s organisation.

For his part, the Secretary of State for Forests stated that Equatorial Guinea is making an effort, as far as possible, to adhere to international environmental conventions, such as the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity.

“The work carried out by students at the UNGE shows the capacities, commitment and interest in environmental issues, which is not only for the benefit of our country, but also for the international community”, said the Secretary of State.

Furthermore, he recalled that genetic resources form part of the biodiversity of Equatorial Guinea, as our country is one of the richest in terms of biodiversity, taking into account its vast expanses of ocean, which cover more area than there is land: “A wide variety of turtles, whales and other marine mammals live in our seas”, said Engonga Esono.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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