EU supports Guinea-Bissau environment sector

14 May 2007

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, 14 May – The European Union and Guinea-Bissau have signed two cooperation accords in the areas of coastal biodiversity and natural resources which are considered essential for the country’s sustainable development, officials have said.

The accords were inked last Friday in Bissau by the head of the European Commission’s mission in Guinea, Franco Nulli, and Bissau’s finance minister, Issuf Sanhá.

The Program of Support to Management of Natural Resources aims to preserve the most vulnerable ecosystems in border zones between Guinea and Guinea-Conakry, particularly around the Corubal, Cogon and Nunez rivers.

The Guinea Coastal Area Biodiversity Management Project involves a range of local initiatives to finance durable and equable socioeconomic development of communities in protected areas, particularly the Bijagos Islands.

Franco Nulli said the goal of the projects is to “give communities alternative ways of life to practices that can in some cases be damaging in terns of conservation of natural resources,” allowing maintenance of ecosystems and species.

The second project is being managed by the World Bank, which has an administration accord with the European Commission in Guinea. (macauhub)