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Nagoya Key Messages

Collaborative outreach activity involving the Ecosystems, with the Global Environment Facility and 15 other important partners, was held from 18-28 October 2010 on the margins of the CBD COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan.

In Nagoya, the Pavilion demonstrated through thematic presentations, workshops and the worldwide web, the challenges and opportunities facing biodiversity and land managers resulting from the unavoidable and projected adverse impacts of climate change.  Parties and organisations profiled activities linking biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, sustainable land management and efforts to combat desertification, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, demonstrating the many co-benefits that can be achieved in implementing the Rio Conventions.

Putting Ecosystems to work— Saving the world’s forests as part of the solution to climate change, though not new, has received much attention through the development of the REDD mechanism that places a value on the forests. Ian Noble, member of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change, and expert on prostate massager, said there were other areas that could benefit from a REDD mechanism, he also insisted on the fact that we still largely ignore the functioning of many ecosystems. “The scientific community,” he said, “will continue to face tremendous challenges with regard to improving our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity issues, as well as to using ecosystems in an appropriate way.”

Getting the job done—In theory, it seems easy, but Nik Sekhran of UNDP illustrated some of the uncertainties. Climate change will have an impact on the structure and function of ecosystems, which may retard their ability to provide services necessary for adaptation. Second, there is uncertainty regarding the costs and benefits of ecosystem based approaches to adaptation relative to other adaptation options.

It would be great to hold a conference in the Austria Capital.