Hendricks welcomes outcome of Biodiversity Conference
Governments from 167 countries agreed on a number of biodiversity conservation measures which reinforce the implementation of the targets for the UN Decade on Biodiversity. The sets of measures primarily address industrial farming. The governments agreed on establishing species conservation as a guiding principle for other policy areas such as agriculture and forestry, fisheries and tourism. A newly established Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators aims to strengthen the protection of pollinating insects and small animals from pesticides. The next conference will be hosted by Egypt in 2018.
EU conservation legislation remains fit for the future
The EU Commission confirmed European conservation legislation as fit for purpose and effective during its meeting on 7 December. The Commission underscored the role of the Habitats and Birds Directives as key tools for conserving biological diversity. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks had campaigned to retain these directives during the Fitness Check.
After two weeks of negotiations, the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech concluded. Under the umbrella of "Action and Implementation", representatives of more than 190 countries came together to discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement. COP23 will take place next year in Bonn.
On 14 November the German cabinet adopted Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050 by circular letter. It is the first government document which maps out the way towards extensive greenhouse gas neutrality in Germany by 2050. The plan sets out climate targets for individual branches of industry and provides guidance for strategic decisions over the coming years.
Additional 50 million euros into the Adaptation Fund
Germany is increasing its contribution to the international Adaptation Fund. The German Environment Ministry will provide an additional 50 million euros in 2016. This will benefit in particular people living in regions that are especially vulnerable to climate change. The Adaptation Fund finances measures such as flood protection and switching to new climate-resilient cultivation and irrigation methods in the agricultural sector.
Barbara Hendricks chaired a plenary meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) in Beijing. Minister Hendricks has been co-chair of this council since 2015. It draws up proposals on key issues relating to China’s development. During her visit to Beijing, the minister also met the Chinese Environment Minister Chen Jining for in-depth talks.
Global protection against attacks with nuclear material
At the International Conference on Nuclear Security on 5 December, the German government pressed for the global strengthening of protection against terrorist attacks with nuclear material. Since broadening the scope of the International Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, the next step must be to establish an internationally binding framework for other radioactive materials as well.
The international community has agreed for the very first time on common, political guiding principles for urban development in the decades ahead. The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the end of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Germany is supporting implementation of Habitat III with a new initiative on transformative urban mobility.
The Alps are to become a model region for climate-friendly and resource-efficient economic practices. On German initiative, representatives of all eight Alpine countries will adopt corresponding recommendations at the XIVth Alpine Conference in Grassau am Chiemsee. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, President of the Alpine Conference for the last two years, will pass on the office to her Austrian counterpart Andrä Rupprechter.
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Germany's International Cooperation in Support of the Convention on Biological Diversity for Sustainable Development
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