Global animal welfare community must act now to preserve biodiversity

The overall theme of this meeting, as the German Environment Minister just said via videolink, is to “Act Now.” The International Fund for Animal Welfare couldn’t agree more.

I’m sitting in the opening plenary session of the 15th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, SBSTTA, which opens today in frigid Montreal, Canada. This is the first meeting of the CBD since successful negotiations of new ten-year biodiversity targets last year in Nagoya, Japan and the mood is hopeful.

On the agenda for this meeting are a number of important issues, including:

  • Animals introduced to countries as pets, live bait and live food, but released into the wild (“invasive species”);
  • Wild animals taken for food in tropical and sub-tropical regions (“bushmeat”);
  • Arctic biodiversity; and
  • Indicators for achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, 2011-2020.

The overall theme of this meeting, as the German Environment Minister just said via videolink, is to “Act Now.” The International Fund for Animal Welfare couldn’t agree more.

With a global human population that has recently passed 7 billion individuals, the world’s most valuable ecosystems and habitats face ever-growing, if familiar, threats. Under this new reality, we animal lovers must focus on protecting important habitats, the welfare of wildlife and introduced species, and mitigating other human impacts on biodiversity.

IFAW and our partner organization in India, Wildlife Trust of India, will aggressively work towards ensuring that wildlife and animal welfare are on the agenda for the eleventh Conference of the Parties in Hyderabad, India next year. As this week goes on, please look for more blog updates about the issues listed above.

-- NH

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