Biodiversity: Ministers clarify positions for Hyderabad conference
By Anne Eckstein | Monday 11 June 2012
In conclusions adopted on 11 November
(1), the member states’ environment ministers have clarified the position they will take at the 11th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), which will be held in Hyderabad, India, on 1-5 October. They confirmed their will to adopt concrete, realistic and efficient measures to strengthen agreements reached at the CBD in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010: the strategic plan on biodiversity for 2011-2020, the decision on financing and the protocol on access to biological resources, and the equitable sharing of benefits from these resources (Access and Benefit-Sharing, or ABS protocol).
The goals of the strategic plan should also be included in the 7th Environmental Action Programme (EAP), the Council highlighted. It reminded member states that they should re-examine and/or adopt national strategies and action plans for biodiversity before the Hyderabad meeting, and emphasised that cooperation and synergy are necessary at all levels in order that problems are managed coherently. The need to reduce the EU’s carbon footprint was also recognised. The EU will call for a “substantial increase” in resources (financial, human and technical) to mobilise “all possible sources,” including via innovative financial mechanisms.
Finally, the EU has committed to ratifying as soon as possible (before the 12th conference, in 2014) the ABS protocol, and to supporting its implementation in terms of building capacity, respect for its measures and the establishment of an information-sharing mechanism (Clearing House Mechanism). It has said it is ready to discuss the eventual establishment of methods for a multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.
They confirmed their will to adopt concrete, realistic and efficient measures to strengthen agreements reached at the CBD in Nagoya(1) The document is available at
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