Conference on Parties (COP13): Mexico’s role in international cooperation for the management of global fisheriesby Mariana Ramos, Executive DirectorNovember 28th, 2016

This has been a very busy month for the Alliance, as we have been participating in many meetings that promote public participation in fisheries, transparency, engagement in global policies, and most recently biodiversity.

I am very pleased to be attending the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Biological Diversity (COP13), the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Mexico is hosting the meeting in Cancun between December 1-17, when about ten thousand participants, including representatives of the countries parties, observer countries, international organizations and others interested meet to negotiate agreements and commitments to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as well as the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi goals.

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The main theme of the meeting is the integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into the plans, programs and sectoral and inter-sectoral policies with emphasis on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism sectors. We’re proud to be presenting our members’ tuna practice and fishery as a success case for protecting biodiversity. Our fishing practice– fishing in association with dolphins –promotes the care of the entire ocean ecosystem and all of the species with which our fishery interacts, including the tuna themselves. We have maintained this fishing practice specifically to keep our environmental performance high.

This integration seeks to reduce, prevent and mitigate negative impacts and generate positive impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, contributing to the sustainable development of productive activities. The CBD is the main global agreement that recognizes biodiversity as a fundamental component of countries’ economic development processes, promoting their conservation and sustainable use.

It is expected that commitments will be reached on biodiversity management for the different member countries in the following years.

The panel we presented on focused on the successful integration of considerations of biodiversity in the fishing sector. The panel was organized by the Mexican government, through the Coordinating Unit for Social Participation and Transparency of the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources, with the support of Reforestamos México A.C. and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity – and brought together civil society organizations and youth from around the world to exchange ideas and to foster global alliances that promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for well-being with sites always on achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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I was able to participate on the panel along with Eduardo Rolón, Executive Director of Causa Natura; and Jorge Torre, Director General of COBI.