Ramsar's Secretary-General to participate in two roundtables in Geneva to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and World Environment Day on 5 June 2010


In 2002, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth. Today we notice alarming biodiversity declines showing that world leaders are failing to deliver commitments made in 2002 to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss. As an environmental community it is now more important than ever to convince people, from governments to local communities, that biological diversity belongs to us all and our survival as a species depends on it.

Wildebeest and Lesser Flamingos form part of the rich array of wildlife that abound on and around seasonal wetlands in Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania, Africa. Photo © David Rogers

On the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Geneva Environment Netwok (GEN) organized this morning a roundtable to discuss challenges and opportunities of biodiversity-related Conventions. Ramsar's Secretary General, Anada Tiéga, contributed to the debate by explaining to the audience the benefits of coordination and collaboration amongst Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs). [Read more on Ramsar's synergies with other MEAs].

In addition, many events are organized in Geneva this Saturday 5 June for the World Environment Day. Mr Tiéga will take part in a discussion forum on forests organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in the Ariana Park surrounding the Palais des Nations, in Geneva. Mr Tiéga will take this opportunity to focus on forested wetlands and demonstrate how many of these (from mangroves, nipah swamps, freshwater swamp forests, to forested peatlands and seasonally flooded forests) deliver an impressive range of ecosystem services that support human lives and livelihoods.

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