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Mainstream Biodiversity Newletter-Issue 1

Mainstream Biodiversity Newletter-Issue 1

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First Mainstream BioDiversity newsletter to communicate, educate and raise public awareness on biological diversity, ecosystem services and the convention on biological diversity
First Mainstream BioDiversity newsletter to communicate, educate and raise public awareness on biological diversity, ecosystem services and the convention on biological diversity

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Published by: Leslie Adams on Jan 06, 2011
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Excited and hopeful - is how Protect OurWater and Environmental Resources(P.O.W.E.R.) feels about ourMainstreaming BioDiversity work andthis unique newsletter. The goal of Mainstream BioDiversity is to help
the purpose of this newsletter is to communicate, educate, raise public awareness and inspire action for biodiversity and the convention on biological diversity
Volume 1, Issue 1 | December 2010
Biodiversity is lifeBiodiversity is Our life
Action Now for Life on Earth
From the desk of P.O.W.E.R.
Action Now For Life on Earth 1Why BioDiversity Matters 1Nagoya Biodiversity Summit 2Oh Canada 3Ontario
Yours to Discover 4Watershed Moments 5Ecosystem Services 6
Act Local-Contribute Global
7P.O.W.E.R. With A Purpose 8
www.powerhalton.caunderstand, engage and take action for BioDiversity
from globally to locally. To P.O.W.E.R.this means not only exploring BioDiversity, but also the Convention on Biological Diversity.Each issue of Mainstream BioDiversity will have a focal area or theme that will be explored andconsidered from the international to the local and individual level. Using this nested approach,our goal is to consider how each level is relevant and necessary to sustain BioDiversity.Mainstream BioDiversity will strive to present an integrated view that supports communication,education and public awareness to foster Action Now for Life on Earth. We believe that thepower IS in our hands.In this first issue, we will explore how all levels are relevant and interact to influence and impactour BioDiversity. You will also find a contribution from Youth and the Executive Secretary forthe Convention on Biological Diversity. Both will be regular features in MainstreamBioDiversit!
All About Action
Thanks to EnvironmentCanada EcoActionCommunity FundingProgram for theiraction to support of this newsletter.
Why BioDiversity Matters
Voices for the Future | Jesse Paragamian (P.O.W.E.R. Youth Caucus)
Many may think that youth
don’t care about BioDiversity or the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),
nor does either have anything to do with youth as it does not really have any impact on them. I believethat this statement could not be farther from the truth. What many youth, in fact many people, need toremember is that our entire lives and our future is tied to BioDiversity. Everything we have depends onBioDiversity, and our actions are causing a shift that is leaving an unsecure future for generations that willcall our planet home. Youth, in fact all of us, ultimately have a role and responsibility to stop the loss of genetics, species and ecosystems and their functions.The youth I know and work with are taking this to heart and are working to make a difference forBioDiversity. We can do this and I believe that the CBD, if given more recognition, can act as a globalvehicle to help youth, and all of us, stop BioDiversity loss
that is why mainstreaming BioDiversity, andlearning more about the CBD, is so important.The CBD can be a means to network youth around the globe. I had the fortune to participate in theConference of the Parties to the CBD in Japan in October, 2010. I witnessed, first hand, how an organized,respectful and committed youth voice can help move our global BioDiversity away from the slope of continued degradation. (More on page 2).
The Nagoya Biodiversity Summit & Beyond
A Convention Perspective | Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf Executive Secretary
During this 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, Global BiodiversityOutlook 3 confirmed that humans continue to drive species extinct atup to 1,000 times the natural background rate. Based on 120 nationalreports from Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity as wellas the scientific literature, the report warns that massive further lossof biodiversity is projected to occur before the end of this century andthat ecosystem are approaching tipping points beyond which irreversible degradation will takeplace, with dire consequences for human wellbeing.This warning did not go unheeded. At the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in October, some18,000 participants representing our 193 Parties and their partners adopted the 2011-2020
Strategic Plan of the Convention, or the “Aichi Target”. Parties agreed
inter alia
to at leasthalve and where feasible stop the rate of loss of natural habitats including forests; protect 17per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10 per cent of marine and coastal areas; andrestore at least 15 percent of degraded areas.Parties also adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. The Protocolestablishes a new North-South relationship through a genuine partnership between theowners and users of genetic resources, making it an indispensible tool in achieving theMillennium Development Goals. Importantly, the Protocol and the Aichi Target were adoptedwith the participation of all stakeholders, including youth, indigenous authorities, city mayors,development cooperation agencies, parliamentarians, the private sector, and ministers andheads of state.The overall challenge we now face is to make sure the Aichi Target will produce concreteaction over the years to come. To this end, it will be the overarching framework onbiodiversity for the entire United Nations system. Moreover, Parties agreed turn the AichiTarget into national biodiversity strategies and action plans within two years. Now more thanever, all sectors of society and government need to be actively involved in the fight to save lifeon Earth.
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Mainstream BioDiversity December 2010
The Convention onBiological Diversity (CBD) isan international multi-lateral environmentalagreement or treaty. Thismeans that countries whohave ratified it agree towork to a set of commonobjectives (see box below).Created at the 1992 EarthSummit, it is one of three of the Rio Conventions. Theother two included:Convention to CombatDesertification and theConvention on ClimateChange.A large part of the workP.O.W.E.R. is committed todoing through thisnewsletter is to help
demystify and mainstreamthe CBD.
Objectives of the CBD
-the conservation of thebiological diversity.-the sustainable use of thecomponents of biologicaldiversity.
-the fair and equitablesharing of the benefitsarising out of the utilizationof genetic resources.Find Out More visit:
Why BioDiversity Matters
Continued from Page 1
 Youth, as a group, although we were maybe 75 out of thousands, organized and asked the CBDto give Youth a focal point at the CBD Secretariat. This is important to youth because it gives usa place where anyone anywhere can reach out to the CBD and have someone who can help.Youth are organizing to take action for BioDiversity - groups are cropping up all over the world
 it is beginning to happen. We need our governments, at all levels, to support us and listen to usas they did in Japan. Youth must speak up and speak out and be ambassadors for BioDiversity,becoming a positive driver for stopping BioDiversity loss. Our future and those who will comeafter us depend on it.
Biodiversity IS…
the shortened form for “Biological Diversity”.
It encompasses:
-Genetic variability within and between species-All species, including people-Ecosystems and the services provided by them
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Mainstream BioDiversity December 2010
Oh Canada
BioDiversity and the CBD in Canada | Leslie Adams (P.O.W.E.R.)
 Our home and native land, from ageopolitical lens, is one of the largestglobally. The vastness of our land-baseleads to a very biologically diversecountry. The number of known nativespecies in Canada is some 70,000,with the potential for many more that haveyet to be discovered. Of these species,over 7,000 represent mammals (of  which we are just one species), birds,reptiles, amphibians, fish and plants.Canada has 15 terrestrial (land based), and five marine Ecological Zones.These Ecological Zones provide us our lives and livelihoods, and also contribute to the global system of life for planet andspecies. Each unique characteristic of BioDiversity is important and plays a role in the web of lifeof which we are a part. It is the BioDiversity of our country that has not only shaped who we are
as Canadian’s, it is also what h
as given us our quality of life. From our rich and fertile soils, vasttracks of forests, clean and abundant water and places to which we can still experience the
splendour of our natural world, Canada’s identity swirls around its’ BioDiversity
- as we stand on
guard for roughly 24% of the remaining wetlands on the planet, 20% of the world’s wild spacesand freshwater, and up to 10% of the planet’s forests.
Canada was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity(CBD) in 1992. Montreal, Quebec has been the host for the Secretariat for the CBD since it wasestablished. National work includes:- A BioDiversity Strategy- Species at Risk legislation- A Canadian Clearing House Mechanism- The Canadian Biodiversity: Ecosystem Status and Trends 2010
So why is the National level important in mainstreaming BioDiversity? Well, nationally, the Federal Government is responsible for many legal aspects that affect BioDiversity both at homeand abroad, including Species At Risk, Migratory Species, Trade in Endangered Species, ClimateChange and Wetlands, to name just a few.
Exploring the role we play as a Country to ‘steward’
BioDiversity at home and abroad can lead to collective action that protects BioDiversity for futuregenerations.
BioDiversity Threats
The root causes forcontinued losses toBioDiversity are:
Habitat loss anddegradation
Non Native InvasiveSpecies
Population (ours)
Over consumption of BioDiversity
Plus Climate ChangeImpacts
 Addressing these driversWILL help reverse thelosses.Stopping these driverswill, ultimately, stop theloss.
What steps will youtake ?
Ontario - Yours to Discover
BioDiversity & the Convention on Biological Diversity in Ontario | Leslie Adams (P.O.W.E.R.)
 Ontario has a total area of 107.6 million hectares and is the second largest Province in Canadawith more people living in Ontario than any other Province (more than 12.9 million in 2008).We share the province with some 30,000 known species.Of these species more than 3,800  represent plants, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds. (continued page 4)
The vastness of ourland-base leads to avery biologically diversecountry.

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