18 May 2011 Nadi, Fiji - Since the very first Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP) in 1994, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has consistently provided support to the Pacific island region at these negotiations.
A brief review of Pacific attendance and performance at all CBD COP negotiations was compiled for participants at a Pacific island meeting on biodiversity in Nadi this week. The performance of the region at the 10th International Biodiversity conference in Nagoya last year and how we move forward is the topic on the table for discussions.
|Dr Jill Key (right) SPREP|
“In consistently attending the international negotiations on biodiversity it shows the dedication and commitment from the Pacific region towards conserving and protecting our biodiversity,” said Dr Jill Key SPREP’s Capacity Development Adviser.
“In the Pacific it is the biodiversity that supports the livelihoods of people. It has a lot of meaning in the region as the foundation of our culture and traditions as well as providing an economic income for a lot of Pacific families. The Pacific is committed to the international process.”
As for the active performance of the Pacific region at the meetings, over the past decade the Pacific has made interventions during the negotiations at each CBD COP. Last year in Nagoya the Pacific made 33 interventions on 17 different issues, and it was also the first time that an opening and closing statement was made from the Pacific negotiators on behalf of the region.
|Tuvalu (left), IUCN Oceania (right) at the CBD COP 10|
The next Conference of the Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11) will be hosted by India in 2012.