WWF calls on CBD delegates to build global alliance to protect life on earth


Nagoya, Japan, Oct 22 – Delegates who gathered In Nagoya for a crucial meeting to plan a way forward to halt dramatic loss of species and natural resources made little progress in the first days of the talks but a successful outcome is still possible.

The first week highlighted a split between the developing world, home to the majority of species on earth, and developed countries, which once committed to provide enough funding to protect nature but had failed to deliver enough to make an initial plan work.

According to WWF, a successful outcome is still possible if Ministers of Environment, who are due to arrive for the second week of the talks, pack their luggage full of strong leadership and commitment as they prepare to leave their home countries.

“What we need to see is a global alliance to protect life on earth but what we have seen so far are alarming divisions and a hardening of positions” said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International.

“Governments need to value nature, from an economic and intrinsic perspective. It is in their interest to come up with a strong outcome.”

Talks stalled on the issues of Access and Benefits Sharing (ABS) of genetic resources, with threats by developing countries to block an agreement on a strategic plan to halt biodiversity loss by 2020 unless ABS is agreed.

Talks are also mired in arguments over finance. Developed countries have not put forward any significant new funds to enable developing countries to implement the rescue plan for the next decade.

WWF therefore urges parties to adopt at COP10 an action plan for resource mobilization as the cost of inaction would be much higher.

“A successful outcome of this conference and in fact the very future of our children and grandchildren hinges on finding a sustainable way of protecting, sharing and benefiting from the immense natural wealth that our planet provided us with.”

“If we don’t agree to ways value and conserve what nature gives us, we face considerable threats to our food security, water security, and our economic stability. That’s why we are calling on delegates here in Nagoya to put aside their differences and take responsibility for the future and for the health of the planet.”

“A successful outcome of the CBD is dependent on three elements: a strategic plan setting 2020 targets to protect nature, a deal on financing this protection, and an agreement how to equitably share the world\’s genetic riches,” Mr Leape said. “In order to achieve these objectives we need to see leadership, flexibility and considerable good will.”

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