High level IUCN representatives are among the keynote speakers at the Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity which opens today in Norway.
The main objective of the conference is to consider the lessons learned from the 2010 biodiversity target and provide the Convention on Biological Diversity with a sound basis for developing post-2010 biodiversity targets. IUCN President, Ashok Khosla and Jane Smart, Director of IUCN's Biodiversity Conservation Group, are addressing the conference.
It is hoped that this year’s Conference will provide important input to meetings taking place under the Convention on Biological Diversity, leading up to the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention in Nagoya, Japan, in October. It will also serve as a valuable contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity which is being celebrated throughout 2010.
"The Trondheim Conference is an important opportunity to ensure that the new targets set to conserve biodiversity post-2010 are crafted to not only halt biodiversity loss but also comprehensively restore the populations, habitats and ecological cycles that underpin the planet's life support systems, with a view toward adoption by the world’s governments at the CBD meeting in Nagoya, Japan," says Jane Smart, Director of IUCN's Biodiversity Conservation Group,
Trondheim Conferences have been organized since 1993. They bring together policy makers, managers and scientists to discuss key issues under the Convention on Biological Diversity, seeking to establish the best possible scientific basis for the implementation of the Convention.
The conference, which runs until 5 February, is hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programe and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.