Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Convention on Biological Diversity


Conference of the Parties 2010

Nagoya, Japan (the rubbish above is from the UK though)

The Strategic Plan of the Convention runs from 2011-2020.  So this year marks the half-way point.  I reproduce information that I collected in 2010 below.  It is a wonder that anyone can keep up with the paperwork, but what they are planning here is for a new global economy that somehow protects biodiversity.  Since this is the age of scientific research, this plan needs scientific research.  I agree that we need a new economic paradigm as I concluded in my article called Positive Visions for Biodiversity: the Role of Research.  However, a global economy based on the current monetary system can never protect biodiversity because the two are at loggerheads with one another.  What will happen if we continue on this road is simply that we will create an ever intricate web of deceit (and a lot more rubbish).

Do the people involved in this have any idea of what they’re doing?  That is, besides getting a pay check every month that allows them to participate in the modern lifestyle that is moving further away from nature and the support of biodiversity at an ever increasing rate.

I had a friend who worked for Kew Gardens at Wakehurst Place in the UK.  She and her colleagues went around the globe to collect seeds from different variety of plants so that they could be frozen and stored in a big vault in West Sussex, England.  This is one example of what is being done in the name of protecting biodiversity.  But meanwhile, the seed collectors are not protecting biodiversity by flying in airplanes and using computers.  In addition, the seeds they collect need an energy source to keep them frozen and they may not even be viable.  Furthermore, these seeds have been removed from the natural cycle of life.

Where I work in a healthcare service, the waste is unbelievable.  From plastic to paper, a lot is contributed to the environment constantly.  The chemical input is unbelievable from medications to cleaning products; the onslaught is non-stop.  The photo is of clinical waste.  The nearby blue bins are for the ordinary waste and they are often overflowing too even though they are emptied once a week.  These bins serve 20 residents and there are thousands of such residents in the UK alone.  I wrote about the water waste in my article called B’org Royalty.  It just so happens that this industry is the fastest growing one in the USA.  How does this mesh with the PLAN for biodiversity?

One last comment I would make about this PLAN is that it is part and parcel of the dissection and control of nature.  Every inch is being scoured.  It has nothing to do with working with nature and everything to do with the work of egotistical men (and women too, although not as many) who have lost touch with nature.

The rest of this article is reproduced verbatim with links to the documents for anyone who would like to look into it for themselves:

Decisions (Advance Unedited Texts)
The documents provided below are advanced unedited texts reflecting the decisions as adopted on the basis of the documents presented to Plenary (the “L.” document available as in-session documents) and any amendments made during the closing Plenary session. They have not been formally edited. The final official versions of the decisions will be issued as part of the report of the meeting in due course. Statements made by Parties at the time of the adoption of the decision will also be included in the report.

Poverty and Development

Goals and targets (and associated indicators)

Agricultural Biodiversity

Biodiversity of Dry and Sub-Humid Lands

Other Outcomes of the Aichi-Nagoya Biodiversity Summit

In addition to the formal outcomes of COP-10, a number of Declarations and other outcomes were produced at a number of parallel events. These can be found here.

Outcomes of parallel events to COP-10


Aichi/Nagoya Declaration on Local Authorities and Biodiversity
From 24 to 26 October, 2010, parallel to COP 10, 530 participants including 230 mayors, governors and top local government executives met at the City Biodiversity Summit 2010 to exchange experiences on local biodiversity management and support the endorsement, by Parties, of a plan of action on sub-national and local governments. Their message, adopted as the Aichi/Nagoya Declaration on Local Authorities and Biodiversity, was announced by Mayor Kawamura of Nagoya and Governor Kanda of Aichi Prefecture at the high-level segment of COP 10 on October 28, 2010.
Nagoya Declaration on Parliamentarians and Biodiversity
120 legislators from 38 Parties to the Convention participated in the Parliamentarians and Biodiversity Forum on October 25 and 26, 2010, co-organized by GLOBE International and its Japan chapter, and the Secretariat of the CBD. The Nagoya Parliamentarians Forum was opened by Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, and Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2004. After productive discussions, participants adopted the Nagoya Declaration on Parliamentarians and Biodiversity (which offers their political support to the goals of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan of the Convention and calls for a transition to a new global economy where biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital are integrated into policy making processes at all levels of government and the private sector) and the GLOBE Natural Capital Action Plan. After the endorsement, GLOBE International facilitated a high-level discussion with Mr Ryu Matsumoto MP, Minister of Environment, Japan, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, CBD, Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, Ms Monique Barbut, President and CEO, Global Environment Facility, Ms Inger Andersen, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank, and Dr Pavan Sukhdev, Project Lead, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Study.