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On Wednesday, June 12th 2019, Mme Stephanie Minou and Mme Flaviour Chanda attended the Nature et Conscience event held at Majestic Ivoire -Sofitel Hotel, Abidjan. The event was organized by Nature et Conscience Africaine (NECA) in collaboration with several partners.

The event was comprised of a movie projection entitled “En Quête de sens” followed by a debate discussing some of the issues from the film together with other pressing social and environmental challenges facing Cote d’Ivoire. NECA's urgent and overarching goal for the event was to raise individual and collective awareness of the role of nature and the importance of preserving it. To inspire personal and collective change and at the same time developing a community of volunteers and enthusiasts who will spearhead the implementation of a new model which is more respectful of nature, biodiversity and humanity.

The film depicted several places from different parts of the world and how globally we are together faced with several social and environmental challenges including climate change, the destruction of biodiversity, ecological and social crises. These challenges all over the planet are affecting our Earth at an unprecedented rate and needing us to reconsider our behavior and reinvent ourselves if we want to preserve and sustain a favorable environment for life on earth. Côte d'Ivoire and West Africa in general suffers greatly from the reproduction of a destructive western model that is not adapted to its history or its cultures. Sub-Saharan Africa and Côte d'Ivoire in particular represent the future of our world, but our countries have neither the infrastructure nor the means of Western countries to face the social and environmental challenges of the coming decades.

The Cavally classified forest on the Liberian border was used as one such typical example to illustrate the challenge. The forest is one of the last few remaining primary forests of Côte d'Ivoire of the nearly 231 classified forests some years back, however, the Forest has been infested by illegal planters and many abuses are committed there daily. Preserving this forest is an urgent need, because almost 40% of this primary forest has already been ravaged since the post-election crisis in 2011.

Majestic Ivoire -Sofitel hosted around 200 people from all walks of life including scientists, university students, researchers, and others who are interested in issues of nature and conservation in Cote D’Ivoire, governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations etc.

The debate was presided by, alongside four panelists, Jean Marc BINI, Lisa LOVAT-SMITH, Mireille DOSSO, Giles ATAYI, and Luis MARQUES.

Report prepared by: Flaviour S. Chanda

Brou Bertrand

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