The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Since 2000 it meets every 2 years where ministerial level meetings take place to move ahead for the implementation of the Convention. The COP also includes side events where civil society and governments inform what they are doing regarding biodiversity.
The CBD agrees that mountain biodiversity plays a key role in the support of global environmental, economic, social and cultural sectors. “Mountain environments cover some 27% of the world’s land surface, and directly support the 22% of the world’s people who live within mountain regions. Lowland people also depend on mountain environments for a wide range of goods and services. Mountains provide for the freshwater needs of more than half of humanity, and are, in effect, the water towers of the world. Therefore the challenge is to sustainably manage mountain regions to avoid degradation and avoid subsequent increases in poverty and hunger”, they state.
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