Greenpeace Demands Planetary Rescue Plan as UN Biodiversity Summit Opens in Nagoya, Japan

Press release - 18 October, 2010
Nagoya, Japan, 18 October 2010 –The 10th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) must agree to aggressive action to rescue life on earth, including networks of protected areas on land and at sea following previous CBD failures to keep life sustained on earth (1).

“If our planet is to sustain life on earth in the future and be rescued from the brink of environmental destruction, we need action by governments to protect our oceans and forests and to halt biodiversity loss. Continued inaction is not an option, Governments gathered at the CBD must move now and create a global network of marine reserves in order to restore our oceans to health and take steps to achieve zero deforestation,” warned Nathalie Rey, Greenpeace International Oceans Policy Advisor. 

“Eight years ago, governments committed to significantly reduce biodiversity loss by 2010, they have failed. The hundreds of millions of people who are dependent upon healthy oceans and forests for survival need solutions, not another political failure. This meeting in Nagoya must produce the solutions to enable our planet to sustain future generations. Time is running out - our planet and our children need more than empty promises.”  

Greenpeace has put forward a roadmap for the CBD to restore our oceans to health, the “Emergency Oceans Rescue Plan,” which lays out the steps needed to create a global network of marine reserves covering 40 percent of the world’s oceans.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1.      The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit. It is one of the most important multilateral environmental agreements that exists today. The Biodiversity Convention is in force globally, and to date 193 countries have ratified it. The Convention has three main goals: the conservation of biodiversity (ie life on earth); the sustainable use of its components; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

2.      More information on Greenpeace’s priorities for the CBD meeting can be found at: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/publications/reports/CBD/

Greenpeace released the report Emergency Oceans Rescue Plan, ahead of the CBD COP outlining steps governments can take to implement a global network of marine reserves that  would ensure the effective protection of the world’s oceans and seas.  http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/reports/Emergency-Oceans-Rescue-Plan/