UNDP on Governance Challenges and Threats to Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation in India

UNDP on Governance Challenges and Threats to Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation in India
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Srinivasan Iyer, Assistant Country Director and Head, Environment and Energy unit, UNDP India in his presentation on governance challenges and emerging issues to Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation in India highlighted various threats to coastal and marine biodiversity such as habitat loss and degradation with India losing one-third of its mangroves in the past 40 years; unsustainable use and overexploitation of fisheries; pollution; invasive alien species; and climate change.

He also spoke about the need for a new paradigm on coastal governance, which should be based on a landscape approach, is intersectoral and balances the three pillars of sustainable development. In addition, he expressed the need for a robust, science-based knowledge management that is accessible to all stakeholders. He was speaking at the side event organized by UNDP, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and International Union for Conservation of Nature at the eleventh conference of parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

About Rebeca Grynspan
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Rebeca Grynspan was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator effective 1 February, 2010. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Grynspan was elected Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.

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