Sep 07, 2012
The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India is organising the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity from 1-19 October, 2012 in Hyderabad.
Since 1992, ten meetings of the Conference of the Parties have been held to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The slogan of the COP 11 is- “Prakruti Rakshati Rakshita” (“Nature protects if she is protected”)
COP 11 will be the largest conference so far to be held in the country in which thousands of delegates from across the globe will participate including UN officials, multilateral agencies, representatives of private sector, academia, various civil society organisations and Heads of States.
India is considered as one of the most diverse country in the world, and is known to possess four identified hotspots of diversity. The country has 7 per cent of the total globally recorded species. With hundreds of existing wildlife sanctuaries, and over 45, 000 recorded varieties of plants and 91, 000 species of animals, India can lead by example to promote the agenda of biodiversity at the national and global levels.
Agenda of COP 11:
The agenda of COP meetings is primarily drawn from the decisions of the previous COP. The key issues on this year's agenda are:
- Strategic Plan: Setting national targets and updating National Biodiversity Action
- Plans (NBAPs)
- Status of Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing
- Strategy for Resource Mobilisation: Establishment of targets, review of implementation
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