helps put biodiversity on the global agenda
The International Conference on Biodiversity: Science
and Governance (24-28 January, Paris, France) considerably
raised the profile of biodiversity issues, particularly
because of the commitment from scientists and governments
to work together to take action on pressing issues.
Following an initial call from President Jacques Chirac
to establish an intergovernmental body on biodiversity,
final declarations from the scientific community and
from the broader conference outlined criteria that
should be considered in future initiatives—including
the process of determining the role and structure
of such a body.
With 2000 participants representing more than 100 countries,
the Conference provided many opportunities for dialogue
amongst various stakeholders. In addition to plenary
sessions highlighting research and governance initiatives,
a series of workshops sought to develop strategies
for moving ahead in key areas such as: biodiversity
governance; agriculture, fisheries; islands, forests
and urban areas; microbial biodiversity; biodiversity
and health; biodiversity indicators; and the 2010
Use the following links to learn more about key outcomes.
by President Jacques Chirac
I hereby call on all scientists to join forces in order
to set up a world-wide network of experts…This
international effort will contribute to the much-needed
world governance of the environment…we must
step up the pace of action…our imperfect knowledge
of biodiversity cannot serve as an excuse to justify
lack of action.
from the Scientific Community
This declaration focuses on the need to develop mechanisms
to: integrate scientific knowledge into economic and
policy decisions and environmental management; educate
citizens; and build capacity in developing countries.
It calls for the establishment of an international
mechanism, comprising intergovernmental and non-governmental
elements, that enhances the effectiveness of existing
initiatives and organisations.
from the International Conference on Biodiversity:
Science and Governance”
This declaration succinctly states specific priority
areas for science, identifies actions that must be
undertaken by various stakeholders and re-iterates
the need for…an international multi-stakeholder
consultative process guided by a balanced, multi-stakeholder
Editorial by David Dickson
Do we need another global panel on biodiversity?
The desire of French president Jacques Chirac to boost political efforts
to defend biodiversity is welcome. His specific proposals on how to do this
are more debatable. Few can now doubt that protecting the world's living
systems from the damaging side effects of rapid economic and industrial
growth is one of the biggest challenges facing modern society.