Hyderabad: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) started Monday in Hyderabad.
Over the next two weeks, government representatives from 193 nations will deliberate on how to implement the strategic plan to tackle the global decline of biodiversity by 2020. In 10 previous conventions over the last 20 years, CBD has not been able to stop the decline in global biodiversity. Will it do any better this time? This is the big question everyone is asking.
In her inaugural speech, environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan said, “Biodiversity is vital to social and economic development and fundamental to our survival. The goods and services provided by biodiversity not only yield global benefits, but are of immense value to our local people—providing livelihoods and improving socio-economic conditions of millions. Its continuing loss, largely because of human activities, including over-consumptive lifestyles, should concern us all.”
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, executive secretary of CBD, said: “The awareness and understanding of the contribution of biodiversity in sustaining human well-being, and indeed in supporting production in our economies is a key to stop the loss of biodiversity. To address this, CoP 11 will specifically strengthen its engagement with multiple stakeholders, including local governments, civil society and the private sector. We need biodiversity to be discussed not as a problem but as a solution to the challenges facing the world.”