Monday, November 1, 2010
The 193 Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity concluded their 10th annual conference over the weekend with the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol, which creates a 10-year stragetic plan. The plan identifies 20 headline targets organized within 5 strategic goals designed to protect biodiversity. Among the targets adopted by the Parties is the goal of reducing the extinction rate by 50% in the next ten years and the expansion of protected lands and oceans, as well as restoration of previously degraded areas. The Parties also agreed on new rules and procedures to faciliate greater sharing of scientific information and on increased financial support for the implementation of the Convention. The Nagoya Protocol is expected to enter into force in 2012. The next conference of the Parties will also be held in 2012 in India. More information may be found in this press release.