05.12.2016

Global Biodiversity Conference begins

CBD COP13 / Logo

CBD COP13 / Logo

The signatory countries to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are meeting until 17 December in Cancún, Mexico. The UN Biodiversity Conference already kicked off with a two-day high-level segment. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks represented Germany at this meeting.

The topic of the high-level segment was mainstreaming biodiversity into other policy areas, most importantly agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism. For this reason, several ministers responsible competent for these areas joined the environment ministers at the invitation of host Mexico for the first time.

The high-level segment adopted the Cancún declaration. The declaration is intended as support for environment ministries all over the world to facilitate the everyday task of mainstreaming. Another topic of the Conference of the Parties is reviewing the progress made with implementing the biodiversity targets for 2020 adopted in Nagoya in 2010 (Strategic Plan).

The CBD was created to enable countries to work together to protect the diversity of life on Earth. The three objectives of the CBD are: The conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources (Access and Benefit Sharing, ABS). The Convention entered into force in December 1993 and currently has 196 member states.

About 100 projects relevant to biodiversity are being carried out in the context of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB).