IAS-COMSTECH Int’l conference on biodiversity to prepare for CBD meeting

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Staff Reporter

Under the patronage of Prince El Hassan bin Talal, founding patron of the Islamic World Academy of Science, IAS and COMSTECH organized biodiversity conference.

The purpose of the conference was to share information in preparation for the fifteenth meeting of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which will be held in, in Kunming, China.

Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General COMSTECH said that this event is focused on bringing various stakeholders on board in the OIC region for a unified view at the int’l biodiversity conference, scheduled to be held in 2021 in Kunming, China.

He informed that within the OIC region, biodiversity is threatened from fast expanding limits of northern deserts in sub-Saharan and tropical Africa and Middle East as well as West Africa.

Whereas in the East, sea level rise is impeding the limits of terrestrial biosphere of Island and deltaic countries. Glaciers are melting in central Asia, and in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan.

All these factors are causing tremendous loss of biodiversity and thus loss of ecosystem services.