UN Meeting on Biodiversity says action in support of biodiversity is urgently needed
As the UN Meeting on Biodiversity opens in Hyderabad, India, Kew joins representatives from over 170 countries to discuss a plan of action for protecting the planet’s biodiversity.
10 Oct 2012
A rare species of African waterlily, the 'thermal’ lily (Nymphaea thermarum), was brought back from the brink of extinction at Kew
A course to halt biodiversity loss is set
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as COP 11 for short, follows on the historic outcomes of the 2010 Nagoya biodiversity summit.
In Nagoya, governments adopted a new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and two new supplementary protocols to the CBD, setting the course for halting biodiversity loss by the end of the current decade.
Mr. Ryu Matsumoto, the former Minister of the Environment of Japan, who served as COP 10 President in Nagoya, said at the opening: "While the COP10 outcomes are remarkable achievements, there will be no change unless they are implemented. At COP11, I trust that we can agree on further measures to overcome challenges that require additional efforts."
A time for action
At the meeting, the Government of India assumed the Presidency of COP 11. During their term, which runs from 2012 until 2014, the government of India will preside over the implementation of the work of the Convention, including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
While the COP 10 outcomes are remarkable achievements, there will be no change unless they are implemented. At COP 11, I trust that we can agree on further measures to overcome challenges that require additional efforts.Mr. Ryu Matsumoto, the former Minister of the Environment of Japan
Ms Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, Government of India and COP 11 President, said that: “The present global economic crisis should not deter us, but on the contrary encourage us to invest more towards amelioration of the natural capital for ensuring uninterrupted ecosystem services, on which all life on Earth depends.
Let us all be inspired by what Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems’. So let us commit ourselves to what we are capable of doing.”
In his opening remarks, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity said: “I urge you, in Hyderabad, to mobilise the financial resources needed to enable developing countries to achieve the Aichi Targets at national level. In so doing, we will need to be creative and involve all partners.” procurement, reviewing and adjusting of economic instruments, and further engaging the business sector,” adding, “We will be judged by our acts, not our words.”
The meeting is mandated to consider, among others, the mobilisation of resources in support of the Global Strategy for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets, a report on the identification of ecologically and biologically significant areas in marine ecosystems as well as a number of other items related to the protection of biodiversity in marine ecosystems; ecosystem restoration and the relationship between biodiversity and climate change.
How Kew is making a difference
Kew’s scientific research, collections, and international partnerships mean we have much to contribute in dealing with the environmental challenges of our times, including widespread biodiversity loss.
In the run up to COP 2010, we conducted a global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants, together with the Natural History Museum, London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The study, entitled IUCN Sampled Red List Index for Plants, is a major baseline for plant conservation, and it was the first time the true extent of the threat to the world’s estimated 380,000 plant species was known.
From the results of the IUCN Sampled Red List Index for Plants, it was possible to say which plants are more threatened, where and why. Our analysis also revealed that the world’s plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five plant species threatened with extinction.
Explore the state of plant life around the world
You can use Kew's interactive map and charts to find out more about the state of plant life around the world and compare the level of threat facing different plant groups and habitats.
- Interactive map - explore the state of plant life around the world
- Compare the level of threat facing different plant groups
- See which habitat types are most endangered
- Find out what poses the biggest threat to plant life today. Is it man or nature?
The UN Meeting on Biodiversity continues until 19 October 2012.
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