United Nations Convention on Biodiversity
Populations of wild vertebrate species fell by an average of nearly one third globally between 1970 and 2006, according to the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 report issued in 2010, with the sharpest loss occurring in the tropics. In the past century, 35 per cent of mangroves, 40 per cent of forests and 50 per cent of wetlands have been lost. The change in the abundance and distribution of species, compounded by climate change, has serious consequences for human societies and is moving ecosystems ever closer to thresholds, or “tipping points”, beyond which their services will be seriously undermined.
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which has not yet been ratified by the United States, has played an important role in developing approaches to address biodiversity. However, implementation has lagged, and the world did not meet the 2010 target for reducing the loss of biodiversity. SustainUS has had tremendous success in galvanizing support for and participation in international negotiations on climate, women's, and sustainable development issues. This delegation will start making that same impact on biological diversity issues!
SustainUS is sending its third official delegation to CBD 11 October 8-19 2012 in Hyderabad, India.
Meet our delegates!
Emma is currently a PhD candidate pursuing a dual-degree in Geography and Women’s Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She is spending the 2012 year conducting fieldwork on the cultivation of diverse maize varieties in Mexico’s Central Highlands and studying Nahua language and culture with support from a Boren Graduate Fellowship and National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant.
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Delegate