Montreal, 29 November 2013 – The World Public
Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) has been declared a Biodiversity Champion
by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in
recognition of its important contribution to the implementation of the
Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
“We are delighted that the World Public Health Nutrition
Association has become a Biodiversity Champion. Biodiversity is the basis for a
varied and healthy diet upon which good nutrition is founded,” said Braulio
Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary. “With the global population
expected to reach nine billion by 2050, conserving biodiversity and sustainably
using the components of biodiversity is critical for our well-being and the
drive to end hunger and malnutrition.”
The Biodiversity Champions campaign was launched in 2012 at
the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD held
in Hyderabad, India, by the President of the COP, Her Excellency, Smt. Jayanthi
Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests of India and Executive Secretary
Braulio Dias, and allows countries and organizations to make pledges to support
efforts towards one or more of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
As a Biodiversity Champion, the WPHNA will integrate relevant
issues of biodiversity into its aims and objectives and bring attention to the
relationship between nutrition and biodiversity to its nutrition professionals
across the world in academia, the private sector, civil society, UN agencies,
Their work will advance the Convention’s cross-cutting
initiative on biodiversity for food and nutrition and contribute to the
achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including Targets 1, 4, 12, 13,
14, 18 and 19. In addition, it will contribute to initiatives of several
organizations to promote sustainable diets. "More and more in the field of
nutrition, we are recognizing that human health and environmental health cannot
be separated. The WPHNA is taking the initiative to give biodiversity a higher
profile in the public health nutrition arena and to encourage its members to do
their part in realizing the Aichi Targets,” said Barbara Burlingame, Deputy
Director, Nutrition Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations and member of the WPHNA.
With members from over 50 countries, the WHPNA is an
individual membership organization committed to advocacy, leadership and
scholarship, strengthening the capacity for action and providing a forum for discussion.
It affirms that good health is a human right.
“The WPHNA has a strong commitment to the promotion of
biodiversity for food and nutrition, and the concept of sustainable diets which
has biodiversity at its core,” said Barrie Margetts, WPHNA President and
Professor of Health Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton.
Adopted in 2010, the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity
2011-2020 aims to address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by
mainstreaming biodiversity considerations across government, society and
business. It includes a series of ambitious yet achievable goals and targets,
collectively known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
To protect two most endangered species, tigers and
snow leopards, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest of Bhutan has increased
the penalty on their poaching to Nu 1 Million which is more than ten times the
existing penalty of Nu 50,000. The increased rate of illegal poaching of the
animal’s part has compelled the government to revise and increase the rate in
order to discourage the poachers and save the animals.
There has been increase in the number of tourists in
Bhutan this year. The number has doubled in Trashigang tshechu district,
western Bhutan from 300 to 830 compared to last year. Similarly, 95,931 tourists
have visited the country till October this year among which 43,398 were
international and 52,533 were regional tourists.
Construction of the world's highest 10-MW PV power
station, Ngari Photovoltaic (PV) Power Station at 4720 masl in southwest of
China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is completed and test runs are underway. The
station is a joint investment between the central government and Guodian
Longyuan Tibet New Energy Co., Ltd., with a total installed capacity of 10 MW
and an expected working life of 25 years.
Increasing urbanization and commercialization has been eating up the
agricultural land in Kashmir Valley, northern India. The state government of
the area had established a committee to control the use of agricultural land
for the non-agricultural purposes but it is without any result till now. In
addition to that the Revenue Department, various implementing and monitoring agencies
in the area have also failed to curb the illegal conversion of the agricultural