13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

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December 4, 2016.  The 13th meeting of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the 2nd meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol and the 8th meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol opened the session.

The conference was attended by 6400 delegates from more than 180 countries worldwide.

For the first time in the history of the Convention, at the same time it was held a meeting of the parties of three structures of the Convention at once.

The main subject of the conference was a cross-sectoral integration of biodiversity issues for the benefit of well-being.

December 2-3, 2016. The meeting of the High Level Segment (at ministerial level) was held.

The main goal was to agree on the integration of biodiversity concerns into development strategies of different sectors (agriculture, tourism, forestry and others), and develop a cross-sectoral approach to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

As a result of work the Declaration was adopted. The full text of the final document can be found at the following link: https://www.cbd.int/cop/cop-13/hls/in-session/cancun-declaration-draft-dec-03-2016-pm-ru.pdf

The Conference of the Parties established a platform for further two years of work of the Convention.

Tajikistan was represented at the COP by the National Coordinator – Mr. Neimatullo Safarov and other members of the delegation.


Cancún Declaration on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for the Welfare of the People

The Declaration emphasises that the countries are committed to working at all levels and in all sectors to ensure the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity within them through sectoral policies, plans and programs, as well as legal and administrative measures and budgets, including measures on use, management and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, include the value of biodiversity in national accounts and reporting systems, etc.

The whole world recognizes that biodiversity, namely ecosystems, are the basis for life on Earth (including the regulation of climate, air quality, food, soil, etc.).

During the Conference of the Parties to the Convention elected the new Secretary - Christian Palmer from Romania (the former Minister of Nature Protection).

She underlined that the target direction of the Secretariat and of each country - is "Struggle for the preservation of ecosystems, struggle for our lives, souls and life of future generations".

Despite the efforts of the countries, we are witnessing an increasing degradation and fragmentation of ecosystems.

  • Anxiety is caused by significant environmental change, including climate change, reducing the number of species, which is reflected in the level of life and threatens the famine many communities.
  • The big problem is crime in the area of biodiversity. According to Interpol, at the moment in the sector turns over $ 200 billion, it is mainly trade of wild animals and forests in developing countries.
  • Within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol addressed issues of regulation of biosynthetic substances and synthetic biology, risk assessment and management.
  • Within the framework of the Nagoya Protocol is defined clearing-house mechanism to regulate access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing and exchange of information on these issues. Priority was given to issues of awareness of the importance of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
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Protecting national heritage of Tajikistan!

Protecting national heritage of Tajikistan!

"Protecting national heritage of Tajikistan!" has been prepared in the framework of UNDP/GEF project "Conservation and sustainable use of Pamir Alay and Tien Shan ecosystems for snow leopard protection and sustainable community livelihoods" and is dedicated to the International Day of Snow Leopard, which is annualycelebrated on October 23.

The publication is intended for a wide range of readers and lovers of nature, and is intended to inform about the importance and value of conservation of the snow leopard ecosystems and its prey.

Biosafety and Environment: Introduction to Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Biosafety and Environment: Introduction to Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Full text in russian



The National Report on Ramsar Convention consists of four sections:

Section 1 provides the institutional information about the Administrative Authority and National Focal Points for the national implementation of the Convention.

Section 2 is a ‘free-text’ section in which the Party is invited to provide a summary of various aspects of national implementation progress and recommendations for the future.

Section 3 provides the 66 implementation indicator questions, grouped under each Convention implementation strategy in the Strategic Plan 2009-2015, and with an optional ‘free-text’ section under each indicator question in which the Contracting Party may, if it wishes, add further information on national implementation of that activity.

Section 4 is an optional annex to allow any Contracting Party that so wishes to provide additional information regarding any or all of its Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites).

Full text of the report.

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international agreement on biosafety, as a supplement to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Biosafety Protocol seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by genetically modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology.

The Biosafety Protocol makes clear that products from new technologies must be based on the precautionary principle and allow developing nations to balance public health against economic benefits. It will for example let countries ban imports of a genetically modified organisms if they feel there is not enough scientific evidence that the product is safe and requires exporters to label shipments containing genetically altered commodities such as corn or cotton.

The required number of 50 instruments of ratification/accession/approval/acceptance by countries was reached in May 2003. In accordance with the provisions of its Article 37, the Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003. As of March 2015, the Protocol has 170 parties, which includes 167 United Nations member states, Niue, the State of Palestine, and the European Union.

Full text in english is available here