No fewer than 200 experts environmentalist and other are to gather at Cape Coast, Ghana, on Thursday to discuss environmental problems peculiar to Africa and proffer indigenous solutions.
The conference is being organised by the African Clean-up Initiative – an NGO committed to promoting environmental activities in communities and schools.
The theme of the conference is: “Exploring New Horizon and Sustainable Best Practices in Waste Management and Recycling’’.
According to the Convener, Mr Alex Akhigbe, experienced environmentalists will deliver papers on how best to manage waste and sustain best environmental practices in Africa.
The speakers include Kwame Ofori who will speak on “Harnessing Social Media for Environmental Sustainability in Developing Countries’’, Billy Lombe to talk on “Zero Waste Solutions: Key to Sustainable Development’’ and Afolasade Nubi to present a paper on “Solid Waste Recycling in an Academic Institution: Case Study of University of Lagos.
Akhigbe will speak on “Developing a Healthy Attitude Toward Community-led Total Sanitation and Waste Management’’, while Isaac Bryant will present a paper on “ Recycling, Upcycling and Downcycling – A New Waste Management Horizon’’ as Femi Oye talks on “Exploring New Horizons and Sustainable Best Practices in Waste Management and Recycling’’.
Akhigbe told the News Agency of Nigeria ()NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that the conference would be accompanied with an award night aimed at celebrating individuals and organisations that have made impacts on environmental protection.
“The intention of the Africa Clean Up Conference and Award is to create a platform for Africans to recognise and discuss their peculiar environmental challenges and determine indigenous solutions to tackle the challenges.
“History will be made when Africans will gather for the 2017 African Clean Up Conference to tell their own story and determine ways forward for a greener and cleaner Africa.
“Dearth of information among our citizens makes environmental best practices in African a mirage.
“It is high time we come together to share ideas so as to minimize the threat of climate change,” Akhigbe said.
NAN reports that the 2016 African Clean Up Conference which was held in Nigeria had speakers such as a renowned environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi; a former Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Mr Ola Oresanya; Lagos State Coordinator of NESREA, Mr Nosa Aigbedion; and environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey.