On the sidelines of the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico (UNCBD COP13), an ECO coordination meeting was organized on 12th December 2016 with the participation of representatives of ECO Member States, namely, Republic of Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan, as well as president of the ECO Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) and officials from Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). ECO Directorate for Energy, Minerals and Environment organized the Meeting.
The Meeting, themed as “ECO contribution to the CBD Agenda: Implementation of the Work Plan on Biodiversity in the ECO Region 2016-2020” reviewed the Biodiversity situation in the ECO Region and discussed the ongoing implementation of the ECO Work Plan on biodiversity. They exchanged views on the priorities for actions within the context of the Work Plan, taking into account the recent mandates given by 27th RPC Meeting (Tehran, 5-8 December 2016).
It was acknowledged by the Meeting that the ECO Work Plan 2016-2020 is in line with the long-term strategies, programmes and priorities of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD). During the Meeting, CBD Secretariat expressed readiness to cooperate with ECO in implementation of the Work Plan through knowledge-sharing and capacity building programmes.
It is to be recalled that biodiversity officials/experts from ECO Member States in their meetings during the “ECO Biodiversity Week in Antalya” (March 2016), had agreed to meet on the sidelines of the COP13 to better grasp spirit of cooperation and opportunities exist in international community for the interests of the ECO Member States.
Representative of Republic of Turkey, the ECO leading country for Biodiversity Work Plan, informed the Meeting that his country will host the next ECO meeting on Work Plan by September 2017.