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Joint NGO - Position paper on CBD COP regarding Inland Waters

Ahead of the upcoming tenth Conference of Parties (CoP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Wetlands International, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy  and WWF urge parties to strengthen work on the protection and sustainable use of inland water ecosystems, in particular with the following joint recommendations on the CBD Inland Waters Progamme of Work. 


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10TH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, 18 - 29 October 2010 

Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Wetlands International and WWF urge parties to strengthen work on the protection and sustainable use of inland water ecosystems, in particular by:

Addressing the two main threats to inland water ecosystems – over-abstraction and fragmentation – especially through the adoption and implementation of adequate environmental flows and related policies and measures; Integrating inland waters biodiversity considerations into decision making in economic sectors;

Integrating inland waters biodiversity into the implementation of related programmes of work, particularly biodiversity and climate change;

Addressing the under-representation of inland waters in the global network of protected areas; and

Facilitating cooperation for the effective and sustainable management, protection and use of transboundary inland waters.

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