Darwin, (Australia), May 31, GNA- Delegates at the World Indigenous Network (WIN) Conference, on Thursday, lauded the Australian Government for pioneering the novelty initiative to protect and conserve nature.
They said when the ideals of WIN are given the needed political and civil society support, it would complement the efforts of the United Nations and its subsidiary agencies to attain the Millennium Development Goals as well as recognise and protect the right of indigenous people.
Although some expressed concern about limited scope of topics, language barrier during the working group sessions and the absence of government representatives of the participatory countries, they acknowledged that it was an effective platform for learning.
The four- day event which ended on Friday was attended by about 1,500 delegates from more than 50 countries including Ghana.
They shared stories, knowledge, cultural experiences and ideas on how to better manage ecosystems, protect the environment and support sustainable livelihoods.
WIN seeks to improve on the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of natural resources, improve social cohesion and increase economic opportunities and alleviate poverty.
Mr Edward Amankwah, Spokesperson for the African Group told the Ghana News Agency that the group as part of its report to the Secretariat, it suggested the need to integrate some traditional practices and science and technology to promote biodiversity.
He said as part of the group resolution to support WIN, a sub-regional network would be set up to lobby governments to integrate WIN ideals into developmental policies.
Sharing his experience Mr Amankwah said the conference had educated him more on the linkage between eco system, education, health, economics as well as the effect of nature on the livelihood of the people.
He said the issues discussed equipped him to gather more knowledge on how to involve women, children and the youth in forest conservation.
Ms. Rosiana Lagi, a delegate said human beings could only survive if adequate steps are taken to conserve the environment.
śWe need to harmonise ideas and move on from the talk to real work to be able to achieve results,ť she said.