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The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) founded in 1992 at the Rio Summit, is the legally binding agreement on the use and conservation of biological diversity.
The Convention provides the framework for 196 Parties to guide efforts to conserve, and sustainably use biological diversity and equitably share the benefits from the use of genetic resources. In October 2010, Parties approved the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for 2011-2020 including 20 Aichi Targets.
WWF strongly supports these CBD Aichi Targets and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, yet remains deeply concerned about the pace of delivery. At the 13th Conference of Parties to CBD (COP-13) in December 2016, more than half of the implementation time to achieve the Aichi Targets elapsed and further efforts and progress are needed by Parties to achieve their commitments.
By 2020, at the current rate of biodiversity loss, the world could have witnessed a two-thirds decline in global wildlife populations in only half a century. People currently need the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to produce the goods and services we use each year, threatening the natural resources base and ecosystem services that humanity depends upon.
WWF strongly calls on CBD Parties and other governments to urgently step up efforts for biodiversity conservation by 2020.
WWF calls on Parties at COP-13 to:
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- Integrate biodiversity conservation into all sectors and ministerial portfolios in a meaningful way. Biodiversity must be linked to sustainable development plans, SDG delivery, economic and financial policy, budgets, procurement, and accounting and reporting processes;
- Increase the political relevance of CBD, notably by better linking it with other international conventions and fora (UNFCCC, SDGs, G20) and getting other Ministries involved in the delivery of the Aichi Targets;
- Improve the reporting mechanisms, with transparent data, common standards and adequate indicators which must also serve the SDG and UNFCCC review mechanism. A strong review is key to be accountable in delivering the Aichi Targets and must be an integral part of any future strategic plan 2021-2030;
- Deliver and report on the doubling of financial commitment by 2015, for which data is still lacking;
- Improve the governance of protected areas and other effective conservation measures to ensure that biodiversity serves people, livelihoods, and prosperity effectively through sustainable development.
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WWF Positions for COP-13
WWF COP-13 Main Asks
WWF Position on Ecosystem Restoration
WWF Position on Aichi Target 11 & 12
WWF Position on Biodiversity Mainstreaming
WWF Position on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
WWF Position on Invasive Alien Species
WWF Position on Synthetic Biology
WWF Position on Implications of the IPBES assessment on pollinators
WWF Position on Biodiversity and Climate Change
WWF Position on Resource Mobilization
WWF Position on Task 15 of the multi-year programme of work on the implementation of Article 8(j)
WWF Position on Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets