Africa Celebrates Africa Environment Day and Life of Wangari Maathai
Nairobi — The role of women in sustainable natural resource management and the fight against wildlife crime are the major themes of this year’s event.
Celebrations to mark this year’s Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day commenced with the burning of 15 tonnes of contraband ivory by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at Nairobi National Park, with 1,000 guests in attendance, including the African Union Commissioner, Cabinet Secretaries, the United Nations and members of the international community.
The role of women in sustainable natural resource management and the fight against wildlife crime are the major themes of this year’s event, which will feature a week-long Kenya Wildlife Festival. The festival is seen as an opportunity for more Kenyans to learn about wildlife through music, theatre, and debate – and the importance of ending a US$213 billion illicit trade that includes elephant poaching, great ape theft and the illegal transport of timber.
In celebration of the life and work of Wangari Maathai,