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CBD Highlights Biodiversity as the Missing Link for Mitigating Climate Change

Ahmed_djoghlaf

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June 2008: During World Environment Day celebrations in Montreal, Canada, the

Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed

Djoghlaf, stressed that biodiversity is “part and parcel of any viable

long-term response to addressing the climate-change challenges facing mankind”

and that the effective and coordinated implementation of the three Rio

conventions is the new multilateral response for achieving lasting peace,

shared prosperity and sustainable future.

Noting

that a biologically diverse tropical forest typically holds 50 times more

carbon per unit of area than a monoculture plantation replacing it, he added

that “the decision of the Convention on Biological Diversity to promote

biodiversity in forest management has a large potential to mitigate climate

change, if countries followed it with vigour.” [CBD press release]