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COP10: Nature talks ended with three inter-linked goals

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Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity closed the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit (COP10) by adopting decisions that will permit the community of nations to meet the unprecedented challenges of the continued loss of biodiversity compounded by climate change. The European Environment Agency will continue to support Europe's policymakers in implementing the ensuing measures.

The meeting achieved its three inter-linked goals: adoption of a new ten year Strategic Plan to guide international and national efforts to save biodiversity through enhanced action to meet the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a resource mobilisation strategy that provides the way forward to a substantial increase to current levels of official development assistance in support of biodiversity; and a new international protocol on access to and sharing of the benefits from the use of the genetic resources of the planet.

The European Union warmly welcomed the agreement here in Nagoya on a global strategy to combat biodiversity loss, the mobilization of the necessary resources to implement it and the creation of a Protocol on Access to and Benefit Sharing of genetic resources. In addition to continuing to implement its own Biodiversity Strategy of halting the rate of biodiversity loss by 2020, the EU pledged to play its role to the full in implementing the measures agreed in Nagoya. The European Environment Agency will continue shaping its supportive role in line with European and global objectives.

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