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International conference provides key orientations to preserve biodiversity

2014-10-21

A Gangwon Declaration and a Pyeongchang Action Plan were adopted at a meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. These instruments are important when it comes to safeguarding biodiversity around the globe.

Adopted by the Parties’ ministers at the conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the Gangwon Declaration focuses on reviewing the progress of biodiversity safeguarding actions. It includes commitment to continue these actions in the future and celebrates the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources. The Declaration also affirms the importance of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 to achieve the sustainable development goals after 2015, including the economic and social goals.

The Convention’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its goals as well as the related decisions adopted during the conference oblige the parties to the Convention to work out national biodiversity conservation strategies, raise public awareness of biodiversity, use natural resources in a sustainable way, eliminate invasive species, and develop economic projects, fishery, agriculture and forestry. In pursuit of these goals, the parties are also obliged to prevent harming biodiversity, establish inland and maritime areas which are important for safeguarding protected species and habitats, reduce subsidies that are harmful to biodiversity and allocate sufficient funding to the preservation of biodiversity.

The resolutions of the Conference, which include follow-up on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its goals, financing, building of administrative capacity as well as technical and scientific cooperation, form the bulk of the Pyeongchang Action Plan, to be followed by the parties to the Convention in the future.

At the Conference, the parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity also agreed upon international funding for developing countries in the field of biodiversity preservation. By 2015, attempts will be made to double international financing compared with the average between 2006 and 2010 and to keep funding at this level until 2020. The parties also made a commitment to pool resources from various sources of financing to finance safeguarding biodiversity actions.

Public information division
21 October 2014


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas