COP 10: “The mood is wonderful”

October 18th, 2010  |  Published in Eco & Industry

It happens not everyday, that environmentalists get carried away on an international environmental conference. But the most important marathon conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, that runs till Oct 29, seems to be off to a good start. “The mood is wonderful”, reports Günter Mitlacher, head of the WWF Germany’s chapter on diversity from Nagoya.

The Japanese would try everything, to make the conference a success. And after years of fruitless discussions, even the participating countries seem to be in a can-do mood. “It’s time to agree”, says the head of one delegation.

Obviously, all nations feel the pressure. More than on third of the listed 48000 species, flora and fauna, are endangered. And the economic crisis made things even worse. Trillions of Dollar were spent on economic stimulus measures, but the flow of money into environmental protection is still meager.

However, the chances of failure still seem quite high. The environmental organisations, at least the Germans, demand to cover 20 percent of the planet with a net of sanctuaries for animals and plants. They want a concrete plan with concrete goals for 2020.

But at the same time, it is quite clear, that the success depends on the compromises from the industrialized countries. Not only money is a big question, but especially “bio piracy” by pharma giants. Critics warn, that the global pharma companies try to get patents on cures based on the gen-pool of the nature, that actually should belong to the people of each nation.

So, lots of ground to cover in the next 12 days.

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