Khartoum- The Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources, UNDP, civil society organizations and the concerned bodies are engaged in finalizing the document of the project on strengthened protected areas system and integrated ecosystem management in Sudan, which aims at establishment of natural reserves in Sudan and integrated ecosystem management to enhance their sustainability.
Secretary General of the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Nur-Eddin Ahmed, addressing a workshop on preparation of document on Strengthened Protected Areas System and Integrated Ecosystem Management in Sudan, said the workshop aims and deliberations on the first draft of the document, affirming that the Council has worked with all partners, especially the international and national experts in this regard.
He said the project comes in fulfillment of the objectives of the national plan of the ecosystem, affirming that the project aims at preservation of the biodiversity and enhancing management of the protected areas, realization of sustainable development and supporting livelihood means for the rural communities in a number of states of the Sudan including, Sennar, Blue Nile, Gadarif, North Kordofan and Red Sea States.
The Council would spare no efforts for finalizing the document of the project prior to presenting it to the Council of the Global Environment Facility for approval by the end of next May for approval.
Representative of the UNDP, Jastine Braby, on his part, affirmed their commitment to provide technical and advisory support to preparation of the document of the project of Strengthened Protected Areas System and Integrated Ecosystem Management in Sudan, stressing the importance of the project.