"Bold and innovative" action needed to curb loss of biodiversity

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Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet a 10-year global plan to curb the loss of biodiversity, or various forms of life on Earth.

That's the message delivered on Monday at opening of the 12th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 Aichi targets were agreed to by the international community in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.

The package of decisions to be agreed on will be known collectively as the "Pyeongchang roadmap 2020" named after the host city.

Mr Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias is the CBD Executive Secretary.

"Some targets are clearly are not clearly making enough progress for example, target 10 which is to enhance protection and reduce the threats to marine ecosystems which are particularly vulnerable to climate change for example coral reefs. Also for example target 3 on review of economic instruments so as to remove those instruments and subsidies that have perverse impact on ecosystems and biodiversity."

However, he added, significant advances have been made under Aichi Target 11 which calls for expanding the coverage of protected areas, both land and marine, from 13 per cent to 17 per cent.

Meeting the Aichi targets would contribute to the broader global priorities addressed by the UN's post-2015 development goals such as reducing poverty and hunger as well as ensuring a sustainable supply of energy, food and clean water.

The General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 as United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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