Conservation International Named Secretariat For Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

Daniela Raik, Ph.D., Vice President, Field Program Management for Conservation International (left) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr. Neil Fitt, who signed on behalf of the government of Botswana, sign the updated Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Botswana in the offices of the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry on December 8. 

Daniela Raik, Ph.D., Vice President, Field Program Management for Conservation International (left) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr. Neil Fitt, who signed on behalf of the government of Botswana, sign the updated Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Botswana in the offices of the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry on December 8. 

Gaborone, Botswana/Arlington, Va. (December 12, 2014) – Conservation International (CI) assumed the role of Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) at an event held Monday towith the amending of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Botswana this week. This transition of the Secretariat gives CI the responsibility for managing the GDSA, an agreement by Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania.

"As the secretariat, CI will be able to help all the signatory nations achieve the goals they set forth and communicate their successes to all members," said Daniela Raik Vice President, Field Program Management for Conservation International. "We want to amplify the successes that have been achieved to date in and to encourage further efforts to incorporate the value of nature in economic and social development decisions."