During 18-29th October 2010, 15,000 participants from 193 parties will meet to negotiate on a new Strategic Plan on Biodiversity for the period 2011-2020, with a biodiversity vision for 2050. This is the tenth meeting of the Conference Of the Parties (COP) to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), and delegates from across the world are meeting in Aichi Nagoya, Japan, to discuss the progress on biodiversity targets set in 2002 and to set new objectives aimed at tackling biodiversity loss.
On opening the summit, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, admitted that prior biodiversity goals have not been met and that the rate of loss of biodiversity today is up to one thousand times higher than the background and historical rate of extinction. Mr Djoghlaf stated that ‘we need a new approach; we need to reconnect with nature and live in harmony with nature into the future’.
Such an approach comes in the form of the Aichi Nagoya Strategic Biodiversity Plan, which will be translated into national biodiversity strategies and action plans tailored to the needs and circumstances of the parties involved.
Since 1989, Frontier has been dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, alongside building and developing sustainable livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest communities. With the valuable assistance of our volunteers we have established protected areas in Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, implemented conservation education and awareness centres worldwide and produced hundreds of technical reports, manuscripts, manuals and books on conservation research. As such, not only will Frontier be watching the unfolding events of the CBD summit with keen interest, we will also ensure that our biodiversity assessments are in line with the new biodiversity conservation strategies.
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