Over 160 national governments from around the world are expected to participate the eleventh Conference of the Parties to the international Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) this week in Hyderabad, India. The conference which runs from 1 – 19 October, aims to agree on the next steps in support of implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets, which was agreed upon at the COP 10 in Nagoya (Japan) two years ago.
Talking on the importance of biodiversity, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity said “the awareness and understanding of the contribution of biodiversity in sustaining human well-being, and indeed in supporting production in our economies is a key to stop the loss of biodiversity. To address this, COP 11 will specifically strengthen its engagement with multiple stakeholders, including local governments, civil society and the private sector. We need biodiversity to be discussed not as a problem but as a solution to the challenges facing the world.”
The COP11 meeting is expected to make decisions on mobilizing resources to implement the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; to highlight the status of the world’s oceans and the various threats to marine biodiversity, including ocean acidification, marine debris, coral bleaching and underwater noise; and to discuss measures to support restoration of up to 15% of degraded ecosystems in the context of climate change and food security.
In parallel to COP11, the Cities for Life Summit will focus on the contributions of cities and local authorities to implementing the Strategic Plan on biodiversity. The Summit will include new commitments by local governments. A ground-breaking report on Cities and Biodiversity is due to be launched on 16 October at the Summit.
Similarly, island states from around the world will also convene a summit to discuss new commitments in support of island biodiversity, and to celebrate “bright spots” – examples of conservation success from around the world.
Governments agreed on the Convention of Biodiversity 20 years ago, and although there has been progress in reaching the 2020 Aichi Targets, biodiversity continues to be lost at unprecedented rates, which threatens the future survival and well being of all on Earth. There is therefore a need for accelerated and urgent action towards implementing the Convention and addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss. There is also a need to mainstream biodiversity into national development agendas, which may be achieved through showing the economic, social and environmental value of biodiversity.
The video below, outlines some of the findings of the UNCBD’s Globio 3 Report which assesses the status and trends of biodiversity, and the key drivers of its loss. The Outlook also examines the steps being taken by the global community to ensure that biodiversity is conserved, used sustainably, and that benefits arising from the use of genetic resources are shared equitably.
Source: United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity