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Story The results from Kuala Lumpur: International consensus reached on fundamental steps to tackle the loss of biodiversity worldwide - important also for the European Community.

The 7th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP7) and the 1st Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP1) ended on Friday 27 of February in Kuala Lumpur. COP7 could go down as one of the most important in the history of the CBD. COP7 achieved agreement on a focused and comprehensive work programme on protected areas and on indicators to assess progress towards the 2010 target of "significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss". Equally satisfactory is the outcome of MOP1. The Biosafety Protocol is up and running as the 1st Meeting of the Parties was a complete success setting the scene for an effective implementation and further development of the Protocol.
Release date 09/03/2004
Contributor Ulla Pinborg
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