Summary of COP 10 – Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD – Nagoya, Japan

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held from 18-29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan.

Over 7,000 delegates representing the 193 Parties to the CBD and their partners closed the Summit by adopting historic decisions.

 The meeting had three main inter-linked goals – the adoption of a new ten year Strategic Plan to guide international and national efforts to save biodiversity, a resource mobilization strategy capable of providing the way forward to a substantial increase to current levels of official development assistance in support of biodiversity, and agreement on a new international protocol on access to and sharing of the benefits (ABS) from the use of the genetic resources of the planet.

The success of the COP 10 in adopting a package covering these three goals have the potential to impact many areas of human activity in the future, especially those directly dependend on access and use of biological diversity, like agriculture.

Considering many actual and potential implications of COP 10 decisions on the future of agricultural research and innovation around the world, it is essential that the scientific community becomes well aware of the nature of the decisions that have been adopted and of their expected impacts.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development –  IISD prepared a summary document with an excellent coverage of the COP 10. The document is a useful source of information on all activities of COP 10 and on the decisions taken.  Additionally, the document provides at its introduction a useful historical description of the CBD, since its implementation.

The summary of the Tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) can be found here (PDF) and here (HTML).

The documentation corresponding to all COP 10 outcomes can be found here.

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