Statement on Close of UN Biodiversity Summit in Nagoya, Japan

Press release - 29 October, 2010
Nagoya, 30 October 2010 – In response to the closing of CBD COP10, Greenpeace International Oceans Policy Analyst Nathalie Rey issued the following statement:

“Greenpeace welcomes the beginning of the end of bio piracy through the adoption of the Aichi-Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefits Sharing, and a moratorium on strange climate techno-fixes called geo-engineering. Nagoya is not another Copenhagen.”

However, failure by governments to reach the biodiversity protection targets they set themselves 8 years ago is shameful.  Alarm bells have been ringing for decades, and developed nations have been hitting the snooze button by delaying both action on and funding for environmental protection. Steps forward have been taken, including commitments to ensure sustainable fisheries, reduce deforestation and eliminate subsidies for activities that destroy biodiversity , but the concern is that these will have come too late.  We also hope that a commitment  to adopt financial targets for biodiversity protection in two years will not be used as an excuse for inaction.

“Negotiations which continued into early Saturday morning produced a new 10 year plan for biodiversity protection. It is disappointing that hopes were not met on key issues such as protected areas on land and at sea- leaving large areas of our oceans and forests under threat. At the conclusion of the meeting, we have not advanced beyond the current target to protect 10% of our oceans, standing still on ambition to rescue them.  The governments here could have been bolder, given they have already vowed to create a global network of marine protected areas by 2012.

“If there is to be any success from this meeting it will come when these decisions are implemented and the hundreds of millions of people who need healthy oceans and intact forests feel the positive benefit. As the international Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, we hope leaders can turn promises to action, provide funds to protect life on earth, and leave a legacy of a rescued planet can sustain future generations.”

Greenpeace is campaigning for a global network of marine reserves to cover 40% of the world’s oceans and for sustainable fishing- necessary steps for restoring our oceans to health.

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