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CBD Executive Secretary Underlines Effect of Climate Change on Biodiversity Loss

14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment

Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from

13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity

loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human

activity.

Noting that humankind's ecological footprint extends 25% beyond the

biological capacity of the planet, he underlined that climate change has

intensified the loss of biodiversity.

He recalled the conclusions of the

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, according to which up to

30% of all known species are likely to be at an increased risk of extinction

before the end of this century, and outlined the projected rates of biodiversity

loss in Asia for the different flora and fauna species and their habitats. He

underlined that as the fastest growing region in the world, Asia faces

unprecedented environmental challenges, and emphasized the importance of

regional cooperation. [The Speech]