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Innovative technology key to global biodiversity protection

wuzhenwic.org Updated: 2021-10-26


The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity closed on Oct 15 in Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/IC]

Promoting technological progress and sharing innovative technologies will play a key role in protecting global biological diversity.

Representatives from dozens of countries and international organizations discussed issues on knowledge, innovation and sharing at a ministerial panel of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP 15, in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan province, on Oct 13.

The Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force on Dec 29, 1993, aiming to protect biological diversity, promote sustainable use of the components of biological diversity and fairly and equitably share benefits generated from the utilization of genetic resources.

Ma Keping, secretary-general of the biodiversity committee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, stressed the role that new technology like remote sensing, animal tracking and synthetic biology is playing in biodiversity protection.

He said science and technology can greatly improve protection efficiency and called for working together to encourage scientific progress in all regions to support decision-making pertaining to biodiversity protection.


The Seed Museum in the Fuligong Biodiversity Experience Park in Kunming, Yunnan on Oct 13, 2021 [Photo/IC]

Ricardo José Lozano, minister of environment and sustainable development of Colombia, pointed out that it is crucial to make and implement an effective draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to reverse the current situation of global biodiversity loss.

He also expressed his willingness to see biodiversity protection bring additional value to developing countries and create jobs in production and service with the help of science and technology.

As a country surrounded by ocean, the Maldives has recorded a decline in its coastal areas in recent years because of climate change. Aminath Shauna, the country's minister of environment, climate change and technology, said she wishes to obtain help from the international community to improve Maldives' marine science knowledge and realize its goal of protecting biodiversity.

In the closing speech, Zhang Yaping, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said knowledge and innovation can provide strong support to biodiversity protection, which needs multi-lateral cooperation.

He also emphasized that importance of fostering the science and technology capacity of developing countries and to guarantee that they can fairly and equitably obtain information, resources and shared benefits.

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