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Wetlands decision at CBD COP 7

01-Mar-2004

At the CBD COP7 a decision on biodiversity and climate change was approved on 21 February 2004 regarding of the role of wetlands and particularly peatlands in relation to climate change and mitigatio...
At the CBD COP7 a decision on biodiversity and climate change was approved on 21 February 2004 regarding of the role of wetlands and particularly peatlands in relation to climate change and mitigation. The relevant paragraphs which were incorporated into the decision relating to Peatlands have been highlighted in the text: click here. These insertions were made following statements to the CBD working group on behalf of the Peatlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change project managed by Wetlands International and GEC which is financed by UNEP-GEF with substantial co-financing by CIDA (CCFPI project) and the Global Peatland Initiative. The project contributed to the draft text submitted to the secretariat and various parties, took part in discussions/lobbying with delegations and provided information through a side event, posters and other information materials. Statements, discussions and a side event organized by the project at the CBD SBSTTA 9 in November 2003 also contributed to the level of support. Specific statements were made by Malaysia, EU and Canada to introduce or support the text and other countries including Indonesia and the Netherlands provided other support. The paragraph welcoming the Assessment of Peatlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change – and proposing a mechanism to formally link this to the CBD process is of great strategic value to the achievement of our policy and awareness goals as formulated under the UNEP-GEF and CCFPI project. The paragraph calling on Parties “to take measures to manage ecosystems so as to maintain their resilience to extreme climate events and to help mitigate and adapt to climate change” – is also very strategic as it is one of the few paragraphs calling on countries to take specific actions to manage ecosystems rather than just undertake further studies. The Wetlands International and GEC joint project team will ensure appropriate follow up to the decision in the coming years of project implementation.

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