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The AU is preparing to celebrate World Environment Day in Africa

posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.cxom – March 3rd, 2012

Starting this year, the day of March 3 will also serve to recall the memory of recently deceased Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai.



The decision to devote March 3 to the protection of the environment emerged in the African Union Summit in Durban (South Africa), held in 2002. Since then, it is commemorated each year.

Environment Day in Africa aims to help raise awareness about the serious environmental problems currently faced by the continent, such as climate change, land degradation and desertification of some areas and overexploitation of natural resources in others.

This year, the Government of Chad has offered to hold the celebration in its capital, N’Djamena, around an issue of major regional concern: the gradual desertification of Lake Chad. Therefore, they have chosen the slogan “Lake Chad: our common heritage, our common future.

For the first time, the day will serve to commemorate Professor Wangari Maathai, at the summit that the AU held in January, they decided to call this celebration by the name of the famous Kenyan activist and environmentalist who died last year. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for environmental protection.

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