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 Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity: A retrospective analysis in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

by Bharat Desai, Krishna Prasad oli, Yang Yongping, Nakul Chettri, and Eklabya Sharma

This paper has been prepared as a preprint for discussion and comments in support of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and in particular the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (CBD COP 10) being held in Nagoya, Japan in October. The CBD 2010 biodiversity targets are being assessed globally this year. The fragile environments of mountainous countries are home to many threatened and endemic species and are particularly susceptible to the loss of biodiversity, which was recognised in the COP CBD agreement on a special ‘Programme of Work on Mountain Biodiversity’ in 2004. The paper looks at the progress that has been made towards implementing the CBD in the eight mountain countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan, and discusses briefly the need for regional cooperation in helping to conserve biodiversity.

Comments are requested by 1 December 2010 to Dr Eklabya Sharma <esharma@icimod.org>