supports conference on biodiversity in Mali
round table and panel discussion in the Centre Culturel Français
in Bamako shows status quo and perspectives for the development of biodiversity
On 6th June 2005 an expert round table and a panel discussion on “Biodiversity
in Mali” has been organized by the Centre Culturel Français
in cooperation with the GTZ project Projet d’Appui à la
Politique Environnementale (PAPE/GTZ). The event took place in the framework
of the Malian Environment Weeks (Quinzaine de l’Environnement)
from 04th to 18th June 2005.
Speeches and discussions were focused on the status quo of biodiversity
in Mali and possible ways for its conservation and its sustainable use.
On this occasion the results of the GEO Day of Biological Diversity in
Mali on 04th June were presented. Moreover participants discussed the
role of biodiversity as a development potential for the future development
Seurat from Centre Culturel Francais in Bamako and Ute Böttcher
from GTZ Project-PAPE welcomed some 150 guests. The German ambassador
in Mali Ingmar Brentle read out the greetings of German Minister for
Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and patron of GEO Day of Biological
Diversity in Mali. In his address his French counterpart Nicolas Normand
highlighted the importance of natural resources for the development of
In his presentation Philippe Birnbaum from ‘Centre de coopération
internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement’ (CIRAD)
outlined the evolution of Malian flora and explained natural and human
factors influencing distribution and extinction of plants.
Bourama Niagaté from the Direction National pour la Conservation
de la Nature (DNCN) talked about the recent development, status quo and
perspectives of Malian fauna and possible ways to protect endangered
a representative of GTZ BIODIV project Suhel al-Janabi informed the audience
about the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and
how GTZ supports developing countries in its implementation. He underlined
the importance of environmental communication and awareness building
measures and presented the example of the GEO Day of Biological Diversity
in Mali on 04th June 2005.
Akouny Doungnon from the Centre Régional de Médecine Traditionnelle
(CRMT) in Bandiagara explained the importance of biodiversity for the
production of medicinal plants in the Land of the Dogons where most people
rely on traditional medicine. According to his experience awareness raising
and environmental communication measures are of utmost importance for
the conservation and the sustainable use of endangered species.
During the panel discussion presided by Nampaa Sanogho the audience
shared different experiences on the issue of biodiversity in Mali and
raised questions on the status quo and future development of natural
resource and biological diversity in Mali.