Closing ceremony of CoP11.
Photo: COP11/Flickr.

25.10.2012

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At the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity 11th Conference of Parties (CoP) 2012 meeting, countries agreed to double resources for biodiversity protection by 2015 with special consideration to protect the biodiversity-rich marine areas.

Despite the economic crisis looming large over both developed and developing countries, governments at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 11th Conference of Parties 2012 that concluded October 19th at Hyderabad, India, reached an agreement thanks to much negotiating and a host of regional group-country meetings. The verdict of increasing funding in support of action to halt the rate of biodiversity loss has been termed as “successful” by parties to CBD since this was left outstanding from the Nagoya meet in 2010.

According to CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the results “demonstrate that the world is committed to implementing the Convention, and we see that governments looking at biodiversity as an opportunity to be realised more than a problem to be solved”. These sentiments were also echoed by Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests for India, and President of CoP11, when she said: “We should invest more towards amelioration of the natural capital for ensuring uninterrupted ecosystem services on which all life on earth depends.”

The renewed momentum forged in Nagoya/Japan two years ago is reflected in the decisions taken by the UN Biodiversity Conference.

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