UN Decade on Biodiversity Launched by President Aquino in Manila, Philippines

In response to the 10th Conference of Parties (COP10) held in Nagoya, the United Nations has declared 2011 to 2020 as the “UN Decade on Biodiversity”.  Details can be found in http://www.cbd.int/doc/strategic-plan/UN-Decade-Biodiversity.pdf . The Decade on Biodiversity was launched by the President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines with the secretary general of the CBD Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf in Manila (Details in PhilStar.

Click here for the video of the launch.

The main purposes of the UN Decade on Biodiversity are to:

  • Highlight the importance of biodiversity for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Emphasize the need to achieve the full implementation of the objectives of the Convention (CBD) and other biodiversity related conventions, organizations and processes.
  • Reaffirm the importance of raising public awareness on biodiversity related issues.
  • Stress the need to build on the momentum achieved by the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010

There is a great diversity of spiders in Hainan Island. So far we have found 4 un-described species. (Photo credit: S Villareal)

The 5 strategic goals of the UN Decade on Biodiversity are

  1. address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society;
  2. reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use;
  3. improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity;
  4. enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  5. enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building.

The Hainan Project contributes directly to the 5 strategic goals to conserve arthropod biodiversity and ecosystem services in rice ecosystems. The research the project conducts will establish the baselines both the arthropod richness, the impact of farm practices such as heavy insecticide use on ecosystem services. The discovery of new species in Hainan Island indicates the inherent richness in biodiversity.  In addition, baseline farmers’ knowledge attitude and practice (KAP) with regard to pest management and biodiversity conservation and the challenges will be documented.

Further links

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Biodiversity and Human Well being