International Day for Biological Diversity: ABS nature based solutions for sustainable development on focus

International Day for Biological Diversity: ABS nature based solutions for sustainable development on focus

22 May 2019


The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources is one of the three pillars of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which adoption we are commemorating today.

For the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, whose mission is the implementation of this mandate through the Nagoya Protocol, the International Day for Biodiversity is an occasion not only to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues but also to outline the ABS nature based solutions that contribute to achieve the sustainable development goals.

This year´s theme highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health. On this International Day for Biological Diversity, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, urges governments, businesses and civil society to take urgent action to protect and sustainably manage the fragile and vital web of life on our one and only planet.

“Biological diversity is vital for human health and well-being. The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe all depend on keeping the natural world in good health. We need healthy ecosystems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to address climate change: they can provide 37 per cent of the mitigation needed to limit global temperature rise”, Antonio Guterres stated.

Even though the world’s ecosystems face unprecedented threats, an alarming and authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services reveals that nature is declining at rates never seen before in all of human history. Since 1990, Earth has lost 28.7 million hectares of forests that help to absorb harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.  One million plants and animal species are at risk of extinction and more than 90 per cent of marine fish stocks are in decline or overfished.

For this reason, it is most important to remark the Nagoya Protocol´s uniquely position to facilitates the integration of science, technology and traditional knowledge in order to protect biodiversity and achieve the sustainable development goals.

By this means, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project takes advantage of this opportunity to celebrate some of its numerous biodiscovery cases that have helped to accomplish the 2030 Agenda.

View Cook Islands Biodiscovery case here.

View Dominican Republic´s Biodiscovery case here.

View Rwnada´s Biodoiscovery here.

View Tajikistan´s Biodisocvery here.

View Sudan´s Biodiscovery here.

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