The Duke of Sussex will attend the Chatham House Africa Programme event
Monday, 17th June 2019
The Duke of Sussex will attend a Chatham House Africa Programme event on ‘Mine Clearance, Conservation, and Economic Development in Angola’, which will be held at Chatham House on Monday 17th June. This event will held in partnership with the HALO Trust.
Angola has some of the world’s most important remaining wilderness, including the tributary system for the Okavango Delta, and the country has the potential to host one of the most diverse mammal populations on the continent. However, the presence of landmines and remnants of the civil war render large areas of the country unsafe for both animals, and the local people who depend on deriving a sustainable livelihood from their natural environment.
The Angolan Government is about to provide $60 million of funding to clear landmines in two national parks, a major opportunity for the conservation of southern Africa’s last great wilderness. The Africa Programme event will highlight the connection between conservation, economic development, and mine clearance, with a call to action for increased funding for mine clearance efforts in Angola.
In 2013 His Royal Highness visited the Cuando Cubango region in southeast Angola with the HALO Trust where he saw first-hand the impact of landmines on communities and the human suffering they cause. The Duke also visited Chatham House in June 2017 to take part in a scenario planning exercise, which showed the importance of landmine clearance within a humanitarian emergency.
At the event The Duke will arrive to listen to the second panel on ‘Connecting Conservation, Sustainable Development and Mine Action’ and hear the call to action from the Angolan Minister for the Environment, Hon Paula Coelho. His Royal Highness will then deliver short remarks.
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