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“Prudent utilization of Africa’s abundant natural resources from forests, watersheds to wildlife will be central to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the continent, experts said on Monday.

Speaking at the 2016 Africa Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Nairobi, experts said prosper harnessing of natural wealth is key to tackling poverty, disease, hunger and energy deficit on the world’s second largest continent.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Judi Wakhungu said in her opening remarks that Africa’s future prosperity hinges on sustainable management and utilization of vital ecosystems.

“We need to identify sound ways to utilize Africa’s natural capital and strive toward economies that are based on resilient ecosystems,” Wakhungu said.

Senior policymakers, experts and campaigners attended the Nairobi conference to discuss the role of ecosystem services to catalyze Africa’s sustainability agenda…”

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