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Biodiversity Progress Today

by JW Dowey 06 Oct 2014
Biodiversity Progress Today

To represent a single species that can benefit from all the convention action and words, this little species is the fastest , has the coolest legs(in the day) and is the warmest colour (in the morning) of any Namibian chameleons; Namaqua Chameleon image; Credit: © Shutterstock

With 20,000 at the conference, today was entitled to see several side venues while the main work of the convention on 20 specific biodiversity goals began in the conference halls of Pyeongchang, chaired by Norwegian and Peruvian representatives. Here are all the photographs you could want of delegates from 194 nations---and the necessary information on what they’re up to: in- Highlights For Monday.

An inventory of methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy planning and practice was the title of one side event, hosted by Germany (actually represented by GIZ). Assessment, strategy and integration were noted in Mexico and Namibia as model examples. It’s very hard to be “specific on special species”, as halving the rate of the habitat loss is one of the many concerns and society has to be changed to achieve that. Namibia, for example, is striving to prevent any further extinction, with so many threatened African species. If they can help maintain their precious desert elephant with EHRA (Elephant and Human Relations Aid) and lizards such as the unique ground chameleon, Chamaeleo namaquensis, then the local community can add even more to the established attractions such as Etosha National Park.

The Darwin Initiative is a UK-funded initiative, described partly at another event by UNEP. 4 countries: Botswana, Namibia again, the Seychelles and Uganda were able to describe their initiatives to “mainstream” biodiversity and development projects.

Another side event reported progress on something called the Second Dialogue Seminar on scaling-up financing for biodiversity. In this case, Uganda was joined by Ecuador, Norway, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the whole EU and Sweden. This particular initiative concentrates on building trust among differing groups and understanding by all of the full impact of people on biodiversity. How you get things moving is the key to any financial or other resource and this kind of dialogue is essential.

The normal protests were also obvious, including local protestors worried about the impact of cable cars on pristine montane habitats. A good start is guaranteed with so many people there, and so much of an agenda. The proof will be in the pudding, when the conference ends and we are left with firm targets and good conclusions for all of these nations collected there.

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