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Issue No:75
  • :January
  • :2017

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
—a Native American saying

Report / CBD COP13

Mainstreaming Biodiversity

Several important decisions relating to biodiversity were taken at the UN Biodiversity Convention, attended by over 7,000 participants from 170 countries and over 400 organizations

This report has been written by Vivienne Solis Rivera (, Member of ICSF, and from CoopeSoliDar R.L, Costa Rica

The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), one of the most important global tools for the conservation of the biological and cultural resources of the planet, met in Cancún, Mexico, during two weeks from 2 to 17 December 2016 to discuss topics with its current 196 member countries. The UN Biodiversity Conference was attended by over 7,000 participants, including some 4,000 delegates from 170 countries and over 400 organizations.

COP13 discussed biodiversity conservation as usual, but for the first time the environment ministries, along with institutions of agriculture, fisheries and tourism, joined in the discussions of a political panel, in the search for balance towards the sustainable use of resources in a unique policy session on 2 and 3 December, prior to the start of the meeting.

While the ministers of environment, agriculture and tourism...

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