190 nations back biodervisity inclusion in forestry, agriculture, tourism

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. Over the weekend, countries adopted the Cancan Declration, named after the Mexican city where the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as COP13, is being held. The Declaration represents an unprecedented recognition from the international community that biodiversity protection must involve different governmental and economic sectors and not just environment ministries. “The Cancun Declaration, and the powerful commitments made here at the High Level Segment send a strong signal that countries are ready to achieve the Aichi Targets,” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, executive secretary of the CBD, referring to the 20 biodiversity targets that parties to the CBD are meant to achieve by 2020. UN NEWS

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