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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:48 - Updated Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:49

UN commends Angola on environmental protection actions

Luanda - The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Stainer praised on Sunday in Luanda, Angola's advances in promoting a healthy environment and the wildlife protection and conservation.

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Achim Stainer - UNEP Executive Director

Photo: Antonio Escrivão

Achim Stainer was speaking at a joint press conference with the Environment Minister, Fátima Jardim, under the celebrations of June 5, World Environment Day.

He said that after the war, the country, with various needs and priorities, has taken decisive steps to combat poaching, such as banning the sale of pieces of ivory and increased security in parks and natural reserves.

"These are examples that fall under the conservation and at a time when there are many species threatened at national level", he said.

 The UN official encouraged to continue implementing environmental conservation programmes, in parallel with the development of the country and the continent in general, boosting the green economy, as well as eco-tourism, which can be a major source of revenue.

He considered Cuando Cubango province an important region to Angola, as well as for its development.

According to him, the progress made so far enabled Angola to host this year's main event of the World Environment Day, marked on Sunday June 5.

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