Friday, February 12, 2016

U.N. Decade on Biodiversity

By Anton Antonio
February 12, 2016

“Biodiversity” is commonly used as a term to replace the more clearly defines and previously established terms “species diversity” and “species richness”.  Biologists often define biodiversity as the totality of genes, species and ecosystems of a particular region.  The advantage of this definition is that it describes the most common circumstances and presents a universally accepted view of the traditional types of biological variety previously identified such as: (1) Taxonomic Diversity which is usually measured at the species diversity level; (2) Ecological Diversity which is often viewed from the perspective of ecosystem diversity; and, (3) Morphological Diversity which can be traced back from genetic diversity.

Biodiversity is such an important aspect of environmental protection that the United Nations General Assembly declared 2011-2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity under Resolution 65/161.  The UN Decade on Biodiversity is intended to support and promote the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, with the goal of significantly curbing biodiversity loss.

Here is a researched material on the UN Decade on Biodiversity…  “On December 22, 2010, building on the International Year of Biodiversity (2010) and the goal of significantly reducing biodiversity loss, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2011-2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (Resolution 65/161).  The UN Decade on Biodiversity serves to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which were adopted at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the CBD, in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010.  Throughout the UN Decade on Biodiversity, governments are encouraged to develop, implement and communicate the results of national strategies for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.  It also seeks to promote the involvement of a variety of national and intergovernmental factors and other stakeholders in the goal of mainstreaming biodiversity into broader development planning and economic activities.  The aim will be to place special focus on supporting actions that address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, including production and consumption patterns.”  (Wikipedia)

The year 2016 is well within the period of the UN Decade on Biodiversity.

Thoughts to promote positive action…

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Wikipedia (2016).  “United Nations Decade on Biodiversity”.  Retrieved on February 12, 2016 from

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