Announcement of Japan’s Initiative to Assist Developing Countries with the Preservation of Biodiversity (“Life in Harmony” Initiative)

October 27, 2010
Japanese

Announcement of Japan’s Initiative to Assist Developing Countries with the Preservation of Biodiversity(Photo)
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
Announcement of Japan’s Initiative to Assist Developing Countries with the Preservation of Biodiversity(Photo)
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
  1. On October 27 (Wed), at the opening ceremony of the high-level ministerial segment of the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) (COP10) being held in Nagoya, Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, announced that Japan, as the chair of COP10, will provide assistance of 2 billion US dollars in three years beginning in 2010 through the “Life in Harmony” Initiative for the purpose of assisting the efforts of partner countries toward meeting the post-2010 targets of the CBD.

  2. During COP10, new post-2010 targets are expected to be agreed upon. Each country will aim to meet these targets by formulating a national strategy. Japan places importance on assistance based on its experience and technology as well as the needs of partner countries, with a view to fulfilling Japan’s international responsibility to assist the efforts of developing countries.

    Specifically, assistance will be provided in areas such as the conservation of ecosystems (including the improvement of capacities to manage protected areas utilizing the Japanese method of national park management), the sustainable use of natural resources (including the conservation of the secondary natural environment in conjunction with the SATOYAMA Initiative), access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits (including capacity building for the preservation and cultivation of microorganisms).

    Through the “Life in Harmony” Initiative, Japan will contribute to the achievement of the post-2010 targets in cooperation with international institutions and initiatives.

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