UNDP welcomes landmark biodiversity protocol in Nagoya

03 Nov 2010

UNDP welcomes the adoption of a landmark biodiversity protocol in Nagoya


(Photo: Anica Radeska/UNDP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomes the adoption of an international agreement that aims to halve the dramatic loss of ecosystems and species by 2020, and to establish ground rules for sharing and accessing the world’s genetic resources.

The agreement comes at the conclusion of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan), where environment ministers from nearly 200 countries met to discuss new strategies for addressing biodiversity loss.

Governments have been discussing these issues for almost two decades and have finally agreed on a set of targets, coined the Aichi Targets, that if implemented would expand nature reserves from 10 percent to 17 percent and increase marine protected zones to 10 percent from the less than 1 percent today. 

The conference did not specify the financing mechanism that governments intended to use to achieve the goals set forth, undermining the overall advances.

Sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services is essential to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to combating poverty. 

UNDP is committed to scale up its biodiversity work to help meet the Aichi Targets and to assist countries with improving management of their ecosystems.

Billions of people depend on natural ecosystems for their water supply as well as for food, medicines and other essentials.

According to a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the current die-off of all species is at a level not seen in 65 million years.

UNDP focuses on strengthening institutions that govern environment, creating market incentives for protection of biodiversity, and assisting countries with efforts to identify, access, combine and sequence funding for programmes against biodiversity loss.

Some 4 million square kilometres of the Earth’s surface are being better managed as a consequence of UNDP activities, financed by the Global Environment Facility and other donors.