Caricom launches report on biodiversity management in the region

Friday, October 26, 2018

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has recorded a significant milestone with the release of a report on the state of biodiversity management in the region, the Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat said Friday.

It said that the report examines how Caricom member states have progressed in meeting their commitments under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The report titled “The State of Biodiversity in the Caribbean — A review of the progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets,” was launched earlier this week at the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Workshop for the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP) for the CBD and Regional Consultation for Phase III of the Programme for Capacity Building related to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The meeting ended here on Friday.

Assistant Secretary-General, Ambassador Colin Granderson said that the preparation of the report was a unified effort among the Caricom Secretariat, UN Environment, CARICOM countries and regional biodiversity experts. It was funded by the European Union and received implementation support from UN Environment.

Granderson said that the Caricom Secretariat also recognises the role played by the OECS Commission, CBD Secretariat, and CANARI in developing a Draft Caribbean Biodiversity Strategy, adding that there is “no doubt that their involvement encouraged support from our development partners for a Phase III project.”

Programme Manager for Sustainable Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Amrikha Singh, said the study provides member states and other stakeholders with an “up-to-date” report card on how the region has been performing against internationally agreed targets on biodiversity management.

“We are hoping with this publication that we fill a gap in that we are providing data and a status report of this particular MEA. A report such as this gives you a chance to take stock so that we can see where we are doing well and where we have a lot of work to do as a Region. That is always critical for a region such as ours which is comprised of Small Island Developing States (SIDs).”

Singh said that the report “is critical” as biodiversity negotiators prepare for the 14th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity.

“It will help inform Member States' interventions when they take the floor, so that they know what to highlight to the international community for specific attention to be placed,” she noted.

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