Cambridge based conservation charity BirdLife International has become the first recipient of the exceptional leadership award in environmental management and governance in Africa.
The award was presented by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), an economic development programme of the African Union last Wednesday (19 September) at the end of the 7th Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) at the United Nations complex in Nairobi.
Recognising BirdLife’s outstanding work in the conservation of birds, their habitats and global biodiversity in Africa, NEPAD, in partnership with the technical implementation agency of the African Union Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), handed over the award as part of events to mark 50 years of environmental governance and sustainability on the continent.
“BirdLife International thanks the African Union, NEPAD Agency and UN Environment for this recognition and award. It is a seal of approval of work the BirdLife partnership is doing through 23 national civil society partner organisations across Africa and policy work regionally through our Secretariat,” said Ken Mwathe, BirdLife Africa Policy Coordinator, shortly after receiving the award.
“Through the BirdLife partnership, local action informed by science and policy influencing will continue to make a difference in critical habitats that are important for both people and birds across Africa,” he added.
Altogether, six institutions were recognised, a number of development partners and seven individuals also received awards for distinguished service.