There is a 3-year program that is going on right now that was revealed at the 11th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, to help countries meet many of their biodiversity obligations as well as reducing poverty. This project is led by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the UN. This is something that should be taken very seriously and it should excite people that it is being discussed on a large platform. Policies to conserve biodiversity as well as reduce poverty are essential for the future. When they met a few years ago, 193 parties adopted a brand new 10-year strategy that will allow them to achieve their aim, which is to conserve biodiversity, and to make sure that the benefits from its use are shared fairly and equitably.
“Natural resources could be ‘effectively’ used for poverty reduction strategies in a sustainable way.” -Dilys Roe
As the population grows at a very quick rate, so does poverty and along with it the loss of biodiversity. Drastic steps need to be taken in order to ensure that our children and their children still have the things we take for granted, such as fruit or even clean drinking water, which most of the world does not have. The world did not reach 1 billion inhabitants until the early 1800’s, nearly 130 years later it reached 2 billion. With modern medicine advancing it took only about 30 more years to hit 3 billion, 14 years to reach 4 billion, 13 years to reach 5 billion and 12 years to reach 7 and 7 billion. The world quintupled its population in nearly 70 years… what comes next?