Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BAJ Gambia director of Programmes off to France

Njie BAJ Gambia Director of Programmes

Mamadou Edrisa Njie, the director of Programmes at Biodiversity Action Journalists The Gambia (BAJ Gambia), a professional media advocacy and research organisation on Monday left Banjul for France, at the invitation of the organising committee of the 3rd International Conference on Biodiversity and United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

 This conference is the third in a series, organised by the French CNRS Institut Ecologie et Environment (InEE) and the German Leibniz Association (WGL) and will take place from 29th to 31st October, 2014 in Aix-en-Provence in France. 

The conference will focus on the theme “Biodiversity and Food Security, from trade-offs synergies.” 

The conference will be officially opened with a keynote presentation, to be delivered by Professor José Sarukhán, UNAM, México, while Professor Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya will officially close the event.

However, the purpose of the conference is to discuss the interdependencies between biodiversity and food security, under ecological, economic and societal challenges, as well as strengthen a holistic understanding of the related topics, in a bid to overcome trade-offs by developing synergies.

The conference, according to organisers, will cover a range of topics in the biodiversity-food security nexus, including impacts of diet change on human and nature.

Speaking to reporters shortly before his departure, Njie said, the conference is intended for a broad and multi-disciplinary community of scientists from basic and applied researchers, involving policy-makers and other stakeholders concerned with various fields of relevant biodiversity and food security. 

He stated that it is expected that the conference will raise the profile of societally-relevant on biodiversity research in the participating institutions, as well as opening for new partnerships between German and French scientists.

 According to him, the conference will also address relevant cross-cutting issues, including behavioural change of humans, due to a growing understanding of sustainability and an increasing sense of responsibility for nature; technical improvement and development for an effective and sustainable use of resources, as well as increase the use of functional food that seeks to influence major health-related parameters in consumers in a long-term manner.

He pointed out that new concepts of health, including the health of humans, animals and ecosystems; development of a science-policy interface (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services-IPBES), including all major stakeholders will all be pertinent topics during the conference. 

“I am delighted to attend such a high- profile conference that will gather scientists around the world and I am sure that attending this conference would strongly enrich my future journalism reporting and help me in my prospective career.” 

According to him, attending the conference will be a great opportunity for him to get in touch with scientists, as a journalist cum blogger.

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