Huge Crowd Celebrates Beginning of Biodiversity Week 2018

Embassy Malabo concluded its two-month Earth Day/Biodiversity Week 2018 programming with a theatrical presentation in Malabo on May 21.  The presentation was part of an opening ceremony at the Spanish Cultural Center in honor of Biodiversity Week 2018.  Following remarks by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, and Environment and the Director of the American run Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP), Embassy Malabo’s DCM addressed Equatoguinean government officials, community activists, university students, conveying U.S. support for biodiversity and conservation in Equatorial Guinea.  Following the DCM’s remarks, the Public Diplomacy Section supported Bocamandja theater group took to the stage to perform its “Mberi” production.  The play’s name, Mberi, is the name of one of the endangered primates that live in Equatorial Guinea.  With assistance from the BBPP, Bocamandja performed the play for communities throughout Bioko Island, including a village where hunting is extremely common.  Mberi used a mixture of drama and comedy to engage the audience.