Indonesia Participates at the 13th Biodiversity Conference

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Indonesia will participate in the 13th Biodiversity Convention (COP CBD) in Cancun, Mexico, in conjunction with the 8th Cartagena Protocol and Second Meeting of Nagoya Protocol, said a senior official, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (15/11).

Ratna Kusuma Sari, head of International Convention, Directorate of Biodiversity, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said that the meeting will start from Dec 4 to 7 after High Level Segment on Dec. 2 to 3.

The big theme in the meeting is mainstreaming biodiversity issues for human welfare.

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Sari said that Indonesia will be focusing on issues such as natural resources mobilization, synthetic biology, Aichi Biodiversity target, marine and coastal biodiversity, access and benefit sharing, biosecurity.

“We are now still holding meetings between ministries to prepare Indonesian delegation,” she said.

At High Level Segment, Indonesia will bring CBD implementation in four sectors, such as forestry, agriculture, fisheries and tourism. The result is expected to be Cancun Declaration.

Indonesia has become a part of the Convention after ratifying it since 1994.

“As a nation with high biodiversity value, Indonesia’s position is strategic so we hope that the results coming out from the meetings can support us in protecting our biodiversity, ” she said.

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COP CBD is the highest international convention on biodiversity attended by parties and key players since December 1993. A total of 12 meetings and 367 decisions resulted from the Convention.

For this year’s meeting, at least 10,000 participants are expected to meet and negotiate on conservation biodiversity issues, set up the Biodiversity Strategic Plan 2011-2020, and Aichi Target implementation.

Reports by Danny Kosasih

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