The Royal Museum for Central Africa, a flagship for biodiversity


By joining the Global Coalition for Biodiversity, the Royal Museum for Central Africa is taking a shared approach to the preservation of nature on a global scale.

The Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity was launched by the European Commission in March 2020. By joining this movement, the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is playing its part in the implementation of an ambitious advocacy in view of the important Conference of the Parties at the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15) to be held this year in China. 

The RMCA is, of course, a museum but it is also a research centre for the very rich biodiversity, both animal and plant, in Africa. At its heart, scientists are working together with numerous African partners to map this unique biodiversity and to study the impact of human activity on ecosystems. Particular attention is paid to the sustainable management of forests, whose role is also seen as very important in climate change issues.

As Guido Gryseels, Director General of the RMCA, points out, "Biodiversity is crucial for the well-being of humanity. We must take urgent measures to reverse the loss of biodiversity. By joining the Global Coalition, we are adding our voice to this promising movement to encourage global leaders to reach an ambitious agreement at the COP 15 for nature and for all of us."

By signing the coalition's agreement, the RMCA joins the Meise Botanic Garden at the Belgian level in this great global drive for biodiversity.