Gandhinagar, Feb 17 : Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through videoconferencing from New Delhi, the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened here on Monday.
According to a statement from the world body, the conference kicks off ‘the super year’ for nature, which will include a UN Summit in September and culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of this year. A new global biodiversity strategy for the next decade will be adopted at the conference-the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
The concept of ‘ecological connectivity’ is the top CMS priority for the Post-2020 Framework, which calls for the protection and restoration of important geographical areas that together support migratory species during the different phases of their natural lifecycles, such as breeding and feeding. Deliberations at CMS COP13 in India will focus on how best to protect migratory species in a rapidly changing world.
The UN Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity released in May 2019 (IPBES Report1) found that 1 million species, including migratory, will be extinct ''if we do not step up our actions.'' A new report to be released at CMS COP13 indicates that despite some success stories, the populations of most migratory species covered by CMS are declining. International cooperation is required to protect migratory species and their habitats, which is reflected in the COP13 theme: Migratory species connect the planet – together we welcome them home. (UNI)