Tonga reports on Biodiversity work

Ms Ta’hirih Hokafonu at the Nairobi meeting

Nuku’alofa – September 9, 2019: 2.30pm (Enviro News): Tonga attended the ‘GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON THE POST-2020 GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FRAMEWORK IN RELATION TO ACCESS AND BENEFIT-SHARING AND THE NAGOYA PROTOCOL’ in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of August.

Tonga was represented at this meeting by Mrs Ta’hirih Fifita Hokafonu, the Principal Assistant Secretary, Principal Biodiversity Officer, and Head of Islands and Ocean Ecosystems at the Department of Environment, here in Nuku’alofa.

The meeting got underway on Sunday, August 25 in Nairobi. The only Pacific islands that attended were Tonga and Palau.

On Monday, August 26 there was a workshop on assessment of progress towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the use of Spatial Data.

On Sunday there was Consultation on Access Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol to advise the input toward the post2020 global biodiversity framework.

Tonga and Palau were the only Pacific countries at the meeting

At its fourteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted decision 14/34 on a comprehensive and participatory process for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

At its third meeting, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization also adopted decision NP-3/15 on preparation for the follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Ms Hokafonu was able to present a report on Tonga’s work in progress at the meeting.

During the meeting there were other meetings as well involving the Small Island Developing States and a one on one meeting between Tonga and Togo.

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