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Three Basin Summit: Africa Opens Door for Biodiversity

Three Basins Summit that Kicked off on Thursday, October 26, is expected to conclude on Saturday, October 28 with African leaders resolving to open a new door for alternative future in preserving biodiversity.

The Republic of Congo, as the initiator of the alliance between the Three Great Basins, played host to the founding summit of Amazon-Congo-Borneo-Mekong- Southeast Asia.

The three Great Basins, are some of the world’s largest carbon sinks.A carbon sink absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The ocean, soil and forests are the world’s largest carbon sinks.

The summit is taking place at International Conference Centre of Kintele, Brazzavile, Congo. It has brought together leaders from the Amazon, Congo, Borneo-Mekong and Southeast Asia region.

The summit also brought together emissaries and civil society that share the same ideals of conserving the ecosystem. They also aspire to strengthen mobilization and place the environment at the top of global agenda.

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Three Basin Summit Initiatives

In the heart of Brazzaville, crucial debates on the future of the Earth are moving forward with the Summit focusing on the preservation of the Congo, Amazon and Borneo-Mekong basins in Southeast Asia.

The Summit is united by the tenets of the South- South Cooperation that must be determined by the countries of the South. At the same time, they believe in the same guiding principles of respect and national sovereignty.

On the other hand, the nations will respect ownership, independence, equality, non-conditionality, non-interference in domestic affairs and mutual benefit.

The Three Basin Summit marks an important milestone in creating a global alliance. The alliance will revitalise 350 million hectares of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as part of its commitment.

To achieve these, the resolutions will acknowledge the paramount significance of indigenous peoples and local communities. It will also help right groups in safeguarding and restoring vital Tropical forests.

The Tropical forests play a central role in combating tropical deforestation and shaping global climate and biodiversity governance. 

The Three Basin Summit, Amazon, Congo, Borneo-Mekong, South east Asia collectively account for 80 percent of the world’s tropical forests. Moreover, they own two-thirds of terrestrial biodiversity in the world.

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Three Summit Collective Commitment

The 2021-2030 Decade, proclaimed by the UN for ecosystem restoration, calls for global mobilization in the face of environment and climate emergency.  

The Three Summit aims to achieve the ambition of the Paris Agreement. The agreement sets the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degree delicious by 2050.

Furthermore, the leaders called OECD countries, bilateral and multilateral, civil society among others to join the ambition of the Basin.