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Expedite implementation of biodiversity plan: Prakash Javadekar

Posted on Jun 23 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, June 23 : India's Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar Monday urged the parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) to expedite the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, a statement said.

In a video message, Javadekar, president of the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to the CBD, highlighted key issues of biodiversity conservation that were discussed at the CBD's fifth meeting of the Working Group on review of implementation (WGRI-5) held in Montreal (Canada) June 16-20.

Javdekar also urged the parties to decide on final targets for resource mobilisation for implementation of the Strategic Plan, and also highlighted the importance of addressing poverty reduction as a cross-cutting issue of the strategic plan, the statement said.

"He expressed confidence that these initiatives would help to harness long-term benefits by investing in biodiversity conservation," it added.

At the WGRI-5 meeting, India was represented by Hem Pande, additional secretary in the ministry and India's pointman for the CBD.

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