Biological Diversity conference begins today


Brasília - Some 6,000 representatives from more than 190 countries will begin 
discussions on alternatives for the protection and conservation of the planet's 
biodiversity today in Curitiba. Sponosred by the UN and the Brazilian 
government, the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Biological Diversity 
Convention (8ª Conferência das Partes da Convenção sobre Diversidade Biológica) 
(COP 8) will be officially opened this morning by minister of Environment, 
Marina Silva.

During the next twelve days the participants will discuss how to protect 
traditional knowledge of the use of natural resources, and equitable access to 
the benefits of biodiversity use and genetic resources. Also on the agenda: 
biopiracy, protection of fauna and flora, sustainable development strategies, 
the eradication of poverty and an updated situation report on the enviroment in 

COP meetings take place every two years. The last one was in Kuala Lumpur in 
2004. Approval of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity dates from the 1992 
Rio de Janeiro Conference on the Environment and Development. 

It is expected that over 120 ministes of Environment will attend the conference.

Translation: Allen Bennett


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