November 16, 2010

Significant Outcomes from the Nagoya Biodiversity Conference

Filed under: biodiversity, climate, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 2:33 pm

On 29 October 2010, some 18,000 participants representing the 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and their partners closed the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit by adopting historic decisions that will permit the community of nations to meet the unprecedented 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 meeting achieved its three inter-linked goals: adoption of a new ten year Strategic Plan to guide international and national efforts to save biodiversity through enhanced action to meet the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a resource mobilization strategy that provides the way forward to a substantial increase to current levels 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 the genetic resources of the planet. (excerpted from the CBD press release).

Following the conclusion of the COP, INECE EPC member Kunihiko Shimada, Principal International Negotiator to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, reflected that “compliance issues were identified as one of the major issues within the CBD negotiations, particularly those related to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. Although the Protocol itself was agreed by consensus among the Parties, the details need to be formulated under the legal working group. The matters related to compliance were one of the crunchy issues within the negotiations that the Parties spend days and hours in order to come to an agreement. As the Shadow President who served as the Executive Assistant to the COP10 President, I recognized that there would be many ways for the INECE to contribute the CBD community to help form an effective and credible compliance system within the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocol on ABS.”

A recent UNEP publication, Issues of Compliance: Considerations for the International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing [pdf], provides useful background on MEA compliance issues and assess the experience of different MEAs in dealing with compliance.

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