20 March 2006

Uganda: Government Not Ready for Meet

Kampala — THE Government and environmental activists have not made any preparations ahead of the global conference organised under the Convention on Biological Diversity taking place from today to March 31, in Brazil.

The global agreement that was made about 20 years ago on how to protect biological diversity is one of the most important global conventions. It brings together countries to cooperate in the protection and sustainable use of nature. Officials in Government and NGOs said there was no meeting to discuss issues relating to Uganda.

"Most of the NGOs are working on issues relating to the convention, but they cannot articulate them in relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity," said Dr. David Mutekanga of the Uganda Wildlife Society.

The meeting is expected to attract over 1,000 delegates from contracting parties and NGOs that have promoted the regulated use of resources.

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