WINDHOEK: Environment and Tourism Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah will lead a high-level delegation to Hyderabad, India next week to evaluate progress in halting the loss of nature.
The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organised by the CBD Secretariat, and will take place from 08 to 19 October.
According to a media statement issued by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Monday, Governments meeting in Hyderabad will discuss progress towards the implementation of decisions taken at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in 2010, including the 2020 Aichi Targets to save and restore nature.
The IUCN urged governments to turn their commitments into action, and invest in nature to achieve broader development goals such as food security and stable economies.
“CoP 11 will also provide an opportunity for Namibia to showcase its many successes in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity to the international community,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah during a media conference a week ago.
During the event, Namibia will receive the Markhor award for its outstanding, excellent success in game and wildlife conservation.
This prestigious prize is awarded by the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation to Namibia for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
MET and the Namibian Association of Community-Based Natural Resource Management Organisations will jointly receive the award on 18 October this year.
The CoP 11 meeting will cover a range of topics such as resource mobilisation, living modified organisms and biodiversity, access and benefit-sharing as well as marine and coastal biodiversity.
CoP is the governing body of the Convention, and meets every two years when it brings together 189 parties, including Namibia, to the Convention to review progress.
IUCN Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre was quoted in the statement as saying that Governments need to keep the momentum going.
“Biodiversity loss continues, and has breached safe planetary boundaries. It is time for a serious check-up on the progress we’ve made to turn the ‘Big Plan into Big Action’,” she noted.
The Global Director of IUCN’s Policy and Programme Group, Cyriaque Sendashonga was also quoted as saying that countries must adopt strong national biodiversity strategies, and integrate them into their development policies.
“It’s high time to move from the negotiation phase to a phase where we can actually see changes on the ground,” he added.