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Convention on Biological Diversity 2010: what is at stake?


While global biodiversity loss increases at alarming rates, ministers are gathering in Japan for the most important biodiversity meeting of the decade. During this CBD meeting, a clear picture will be presented on the worsening state of the world’s biodiversity. Yet little in the way of additional action or commitment is expected from the governments in attendance.

The year of 2010 is the United Nations International Year of Biological Diversity. A decade ago, almost all governments agreed to halve the loss in biodiversity by this year. From 18 to 29 October, the Convention on Biological Diversity or CBD in Japan will look at the achievements and failures in saving global biodiversity. In addition governments aim to formulate new targets and actions for 2020.

Wetlands International will be presenting an overview of global biodiversity in wetland areas. Our organisation is also strongly involved in advocating for ambitious targets to reduce biodiversity loss globally; especially in relation to water

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Ambitions for 2020: a toothless process?

It is difficult to be hopeful when looking at the draft ambitions for 2020 that the government representatives may agree upon in Nagoya. As they stand now, the draft targets are very vague, immeasurable and do not commit individual countries to take action. This is the essential problem confronting biodiversity: actions taken in one country often affect biodiversity loss and as a result water stress, climate change impacts and loss in food security in other countries. Still, the approach to halting biodiversity loss is seen by many governments as primarily a national issue, not a priority to be addressed globally. This attitude makes CBD a rather toothless affair.

Aiming for a water target

Nevertheless, CBD does help to put important issues on the agenda. For this reason, Wetlands International is committed to getting a strong statement approved regarding the need to maintain inland waters in their role for preventing biodiversity loss and providing water security. See our short policy brief on this and the new publication 'Biodiversity loss and the Global Water Crisis - A fact book on the links between biodiversity and water security'. Download this new booklet on

Presenting the status of biodiversity

In general, the world’s leaders can conclude that they failed to meet the established targets to reduce biodiversity loss by 2010. Wetlands International will present on the 21st of October the ‘State of the World’s Waterbirds 2010.’ This booklet provides a concise overview on how the world’s waterbirds are faring, as well as a good indication of the health of the planet. On this day, a press release will be sent out and the booklet will be available at

Date:    Thursday 21 October

Title:     Wetlands International-State of the World's Waterbirds.

Hour:    11:30-12:00

Venue:  International Conference Room (Room 3f) in Building 3

Wetlands, livelihoods and biodiversity linkages is a global water crisis

Together with Professor Vörösmarty (publicist in NATURE, September 2010), Wetlands International will present the strong linkages between biodiversity loss and water security problems. During our side event on the evening of 20 October 2010, a press release will be sent out on our latest study: the predicted impacts on Sahelian wetlands in Mali of the combined threats of water infrastructure projects and climate change.

Date:    Wednesday 21 October

Title:     Wetlands, livelihoods and biodiversity linkages is a global water crisis.

Hour:    18:15-19:45

Venue:  Room 136 - Bldg 1 - 3rd Floor Convention Centre

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