Ministers meet for biodiversity talks

2012-10-17 09:00
More than 70 environment ministers meet for key talks on halting the depletion of Earth's natural resources. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

More than 70 environment ministers meet for key talks on halting the depletion of Earth's natural resources. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Environment
    This volume of "The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture" surveys the dynamic environmental forces... Now R886.00
    buy now
Hyderabad - More than 70 environment ministers meet in India on Wednesday for key talks on halting the depletion of Earth's natural resources, under pressure to put up money to match their political pledges.

The high-level gathering comes two years after UN countries agreed at a conference in Japan to reverse by 2020 the worrying decline in plant and animal species that humans depend on for food, shelter and livelihoods.

The 2010 meeting came up with a 20-point plan which is being hamstrung by a lack of money for conservation programmes at a time of global financial austerity.

"The critical issue really is how to mobilise the necessary financial, technical and human resources," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told delegates at a meeting in Hyderabad of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Tuesday.

The convention, to which 193 countries are signatories, marks its 20th anniversary this year.

Extinction

In that time, it has already missed one key deadline when it failed to meet the target set to halt biodiversity loss by 2010.

Nearly half of amphibian species, a third of corals, a quarter of mammals, a fifth of all plants and 13% of the world's birds are at risk of extinction, according to the "Red List" compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which is due to be updated on Wednesday.

A three-day minister's meeting from Wednesday to Friday comes at the tail-end of two weeks of negotiations by senior bureaucrats from 184 CBD parties - talks that delegates say have become stuck on the question of financing.

"Obviously to some extent a financial crisis in many of the traditional donor countries is playing into the negotiations," said UN Environment Programme executive director Achim Steiner.

"Also there is still work that needs to be done on what exactly is the financial framework, the order of magnitude that we are talking about."

The next 48 hours of negotiations, he added, "will be on amounts of money".

"The European Union has not succeeded in forming a common position (on financing), and so it is silent," said Sandrine Belier, one of three European Parliament negotiators in Hyderabad.

Estimates vary, but experts say hundreds of billions of dollars will be required to achieve the targets set in Japan.

These include halving the rate of habitat loss, expanding water and land areas under conservation, preventing the extinction of species on the threatened list, and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems by 2020.

Current conservation spending is estimated at about $10bn per year.

"I urge the parties to the CBD to agree to some measures, commitments and targets of resource mobilisation, even if on an interim basis, so as to infuse confidence in parties and also to generate momentum," India's environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan told delegates on Tuesday.
Read more on:    iucn  |  environment
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Goodwood 10:56 AM
Road name: N1 Outbound

ACCIDENT in the left lane before the N7 Highway

Table View 10:48 AM
Road name: Koeberg Road Northbound

DELAYS between Montague Drive and Blaauwberg Road due to roadworks

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Social media is pulling you in and you have the desire to find out everything you know about your friends and you have the urge to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.