Why biodiversity talks seemed destined for failure – conservation links for Oct 18, 2010

What are the prospects for the Nagoya biodiversity summit? The Guardian
Shortly before the summit begins, I’ve finally got round to reading the draft declaration on biodiversity that will be discussed by the governments meeting at Nagoya in Japan. It’s 195 pages long. If it were a thesis about the causes and consequences of the decline of the world’s wild species, it would get a fairly high mark. As an action plan for doing something about this decline, it’s a dead loss.

China unveils ambitious plan to protect wildlife at UN talks The Guardian
China has unveiled its most ambitious conservation plan in a generation, ahead of the opening today of a crucial UN biodiversity conference. Foreign supporters say the move will put China at the forefront of global efforts to reverse habitat and species decline.

Sarawak area a ‘war zone’ owing to excessive logging The Star
The destruction caused to a large area in the mountains of Ulu Malatai in Ulu Baleh, Kapit Division, due to uncontrolled logging last week ” resembles a war zone”, said Sarawak Land Development chairman Datuk Seri Dr James Masing.

Joint Malaysia-Indonesia Council Proposed To Fight Threats Against Palm Oil Bernama
Malaysia and Indonesia should set a joint council based in Europe and the United States to fight negative perceptions and unfounded allegations made against the palm oil industry.

No retreat on logging moratorium, NGOs warn The Jakarta Post
Civil society groups are stepping up pressure on the government to honor its pledged moratorium on exploiting forests despite protests from corporations, especially forestry businesses. Eleven NGOs, including Greenpeace, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), Sawit Watch, Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) and Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) issued a joint statement on the moratorium to the government on Thursday.

Special Report: Understanding the Nagoya Biodiversity Talks, Part One Ecosystem Marketplace
2010 may officially be the UN’s “International Year of Biodiversity”, but cynics have been tacking on the word “Loss” ever since the slogan debuted in 2006. As 2010 draws to a close, that cynicism appears quite prescient.

Author: Mongabay

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