Joint NGO - Position paper on CBD COP regarding Inland Waters
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.