30 decisions at CoP get plenary nod

Published: 20th October 2012 10:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2012 10:31 AM   |  A+A-

The high-level deliberations on steps to be taken to safeguard various species from extinction came to an end at the Convention on Biodiversity at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre on Friday.

The Meeting of Parties-6 and the Conference of Parties- 11 had about 12,000 people attending the venue till October 19.

About 2,500 delegates from across 172 countries, 3,000 local staff, 77 ministers and vice-ministers took part in the high-level segment, over 400 participants from 45 cities and 60 mayors, NGO groups, people from the secretariat and the media attended the threeweek long conference that continued till early Saturday morning.

About 130 meetings were held at the weeklong MoP and over 800 meetings were held at the two-week long CoP-11.

CoP-11 approved 30 decisions and forwarded the remaining key decisions relating to resource mobilisation to the plenary session, held on Friday evening, chaired by Jayanti Natarajan, Minister for Environment and Forests.

With the consensus eluding over fund mobilisation even by the time of scheduled closure of the CoP-11, the plenary session approved only 30 out of 34 decisions discussed by two working groups, including strengthening conservation activities of marine and coastal biodiversity, protecting the inland water ecosystems, conserving protected areas, role of indigenous and local communities, recognising link between business and biodiversity and implementation of Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing.

The next meeting will be convened in Republic of Korea.


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