COP-9 makes slow progress

Published: Monday 30 June 2008

the ninth meeting of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity concluded on May 30 in Bonn, Germany, with measures to protect ecosystems. The Conference of Parties (cop), the governing body of the convention, agreed on regulating the international biofuel sector. It also passed a moratorium on ocean fertilization--dropping nutrients into the sea to boost CO2-absorbing algae--citing lack of scientific knowledge on its impact.

The conference secured more financial support for forest protection, with Germany and Norway committing grants over the next four years. Activists, however, voiced disappointment saying that the conference failed to produce a clear roadmap to slow down the loss of biodiversity by 2010 (see 'Double check', p58). The activists had urged the cop not to allow declaration of "new protected areas" without considering indigenous people's rights. The cop, though declared tens of millions of hectares for protected areas, did not take any binding decisions in this regard.

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