Researcher-Writer and Editor for a Gap Analysis and ENGO Consultation Paper on Major Issues Related to COP-10

Consultation

Closed Consultation

When: May-June 2010

Environment Canada invited the Canadian Environmental Network to coordinate the development of a Gap Analysis and ENGO Consultation Paper on Major Issues Related to COP-10 from a Canadian environmental non-governmental perspective.

Selected Delegates:

  • Researcher-Writer: Lynn Palmer, Environment North, ON
  • Editor: Mark Purdon, R.E.A.P. Canada, QC

To gather views of ENGOs, the RCEN coordinated a teleconference consultation and issued a request for written submissions from members. The resulting consultation paper includes three parts:

  • A summary of the results of the ENGO consultation
  • An assessment of gaps in outreach and biodiversity conservation/sustainable use strategies and recommendations to improve civil society engagement to reduce biodiversity loss
  • Research into environmental indicators and targets for biodiversity post-2010

Consultation Report:

Context
At its 10th meeting in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010, the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) is due to adopt a revised and updated Strategic Plan for the Convention including new biodiversity target(s) for the post-2010 period  and their related indicators. A few weeks earlier, a special high-level one day meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with the participation of heads of State and Government, will address biodiversity for the first time, focusing on the post-2010 targets and the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in addressing the challenges of climate change, poverty reduction and economic development. These events take place in 2010, which the UNGA has designated as the International Year of Biodiversity. The Year provides a unique opportunity not only to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity, but also for governments and stakeholders to address the biodiversity crisis.

Background Information
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was negotiated with a view to mitigate biodiversity loss on a global scale.

The objectives of the Convention are biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of biological resources, and the equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. Within the framework of the Convention, Parties address various aspects of biodiversity. The CBD focuses its analyses and activities around ecosystems, and particularly forest, arid lands and marine ecosystems. Some of the main issues tackled by the CBD include the study of the Convention’s application; protected areas; biosecurity; exotic invasive species; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources. 

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