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09.11.2010 / News - EU Level

Major step forward - Nagoya COP10 CBD

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-10) held on 18.10-29.10.2010 in Nagoya has come to an end.

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-10) held on 18.10-29.10.2010 in Nagoya has come to an end. Some 18.000 participants representing the 193 parties to the CBD and their partners closed the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit by adopting historic decisions that will permit the community of nations to meet the matchless challenges of the continued loss of biodiversity compounded by climate change. Governments agreed on a package of measures that will ensure that the ecosystems of the planet will continue to sustain human well-being into the future. The following three major goals were achieved in the end of the summit:
-    Adoption of a new ten year Strategic Plan to guide international and national efforts to save biodiversity.
-    A resource mobilization strategy that provides the way forward to an increase of official development assistance in support of biodiversity.
-    And a new international protocol on access to and sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.

The Strategic Plan of the CBD or the “Aichi Target” includes 20 headline targets. These goals include for example to at least halve and where feasible bring close to zero the rate of loss of natural habitats or to protect 17 per cent terrestrial and 10 per cent of coastal and marine area. The “Aichi Target” will be the higher framework on biodiversity not only for the biodiversity-related conventions, but for the entire United Nations system. Parties agreed to translate this international framework into national biodiversity strategy and action plans within two years.
As a side event the TEEB Final Report "Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: A synthesis of the approach, conclusions and recommendations of TEEB" was launched at the conference. There are three scenarios: a natural ecosystem (forests), a human settlement (city), and a business sector (mining), to illustrate how the economic concepts and tools described in TEEB can help equip society with the means to incorporate the values of nature into decision-making at all levels.
Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment and Joke Schauvliege, EU President of the Environment Council, welcomed the outcome and said, ‘’Nagoya has been a major step forward. We hope that future generations will come to regard it as the ‘tipping point’ which brought our planet back from the brink of ecological disaster.’’
Read more:

www.cbd.int/cop10/
www.teebweb.org/TEEBFinalReport/tabid/29410/Default.aspx