International targets to protect biodiversity sealed in Japan

Non-binding biodiversity conservation targets for 2020 and a deal on sharing biodiversity benefits have been agreed.

Japanese minister for environment and COP president Ryu Matsumoto, gavelling the meeting to a close. (Credit: Japanese government)Targets for nature protection by 2020, and a protocol on sharing the benefits of biodiversity, have been agreed at the 10th Conference of Parties (COP10) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan.

The 193 parties to the convention met between 18-29 October in Nagoya, Japan (ENDS Report, October 2010). The US, which is not a party, attended as observer. Parties agreed to defer targets for increased financing from developed nations until the next meeting, COP11, to be held in India in October 2012.

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