11 nations seek new world biodiversity policy



11 nations seek new world biodiversity policy New Delhi: Expressing concern that the world's biodiversity target for 2010 has not been met fully, ministers and senior representatives from 11 nations on Saturday sought a new policy to protect the fragile ecosystem.

The appeal, which is directed at world leaders, aims to encourage the nations to do more for biodiversity by committing themselves to a common long-term vision and short-term mission for biodiversity and to global, regional and national targets to be achieved.

Ahead of the global meet on biodiversity slated to be held in Nagoya in Japan in October to be attended by over 190 states, the participants at a meeting in Geneva in Switzerland also pledged to back Tokyo's initiative to recommend to the UN to consider declaring 2011-2020 as the 'International Decade for Biodiversity'.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh was among those who attended the two-day meet organised on the initiative of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity aiming to generate new impetus for international policy in this area.

Other environment ministers included Norbert Rottgen (Germany), Isabelle Texeira (Brazil) and Moritz Leuenberger (host country representative).

In a statement issued here, the ministers warned, if current trends were allowed to continue over the next decade, several "tipping points" will be reached before the end of the century with irreparable damage to major ecosystems.

"The fate of biodiversity for millennia to come will be determined by action or inaction over the next decade or two," they said quoting the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook published in May 2010.

"We stress that the new biodiversity strategy for 2011-2020 will provide an overarching framework for action by all biodiversity partners...," the statement said.

It also noted that the Johannesburg biodiversity target to reduce significantly the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010 has not been met in full.

The meet announced setting up of an informal Ministerial COP (conference of parties) Presidency Biodiversity Forum which will meet periodically to exchange views.

The decisions taken at the Geneva meet will be conveyed to United Nations General Assembly for the special debate on biodiversity scheduled on September 22 in New York.

"It will also be conveyed to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity which will be attended by over 190 states from 18 to 29 October in Japan," the statement added.

PTI