UN Convention on Biological Diversity

The two-week UN Convention on Biological Diversity conference is underway in Nagoya Japan, with delegates from over 190 countries trying to agree to 20 measurable conservation targets for the next decade. They’re trying to tackle some of our world’s huge issues such as pollution and habitat encroachment, reports the Canada Press in Google News. Between discussing establishing large protected areas for land and ocean conservation, and trying to create a legal structure for managing genetic resources such as medicinal plants, the delegates are trying to go where no one has gone before.

Conference hallDelegates are also discussing establishing an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services panel that would assess the loss of nature. Such a panel would play an important role in determining where conservation efforts are most needed. However, in a sadly familiar news report, the BBC reports that delegates are divided and the ongoing disagreements between the rich and poor countries, and business and greens, may derail this and other initiatives.

In addressing the delegates, CBD executive secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf stated that if we allow the current trends to continue we shall soon reach a tipping point with irreversible and irreparable damage to the capacity of the planet to continue sustaining life on Earth, reports Aljazeera. Aren’t truths like this enough to stop squabbling, overcome our divisions, and do what is needed to save life on our planet?

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