India attends Ministerial Roundtable Dialogue on Biodiversity

On September 24, 2020, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change represented India at the Ministerial Roundtable Dialogue on Biodiversity that was held virtually. The dialogue was hosted by China.

Highlights

The dialogue was conducted on Biodiversity Beyond 2020: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth. The dialogue was held a week ahead of the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity to exchange views on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. More than 15 ministers from different countries participated in the dialogue.

About the Dialogue

The Minster shared the following at the dialogue

  • India has been taking leadership role in conservation of biodiversity by hosting conference of parties (COP). India hosted the United Nations convention to Combat Desertification COP in September 2019 and Conservation of Migratory Species COP in February 2020.
  • India accounts to 8% of recorded species in the world with just 2.4% of land area.
  • India has enhanced its forest cover to 25%
  • India has set a target to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land and also achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030
  • The tiger population in India has doubled in the last 11 years. Currently, India has the largest wild tiger population.
  • India has set up 250,000 Biodiversity Management Committee all over the country to access the benefits of Convention on Biological Diversity and also to document bio diversity in the country

The 15th conference of parties to the convention on Biological Diversity is to be held at Kunming, China in 2021. It will adopt post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

United Nations Summit on Biodiversity

It is to be convened on September 30, 2020. This year the summit is to be held under the theme

Theme: Urgent Action on biodiversity for Sustainable Development

According to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the species extension rates are ten to hundred times as compared to the historical averages. The summit will mainly discuss on the actions that are required to restore the mother earth. Around 75% of earth’s land has been altered.

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