June 7th, 2022 – The High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to Canada, H. E. Dr. Mpoki Ulisubisya (left), participated in the Meeting on the loss of Biodiversity: What consequences for countries? Organized by the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations in collaboration with the UN Biodiversity Convention in Montreal, Canada.
The guest of honor for the Meeting was the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Ms. Elizabeth Mruma (right) – a Tanzanian lawyer heading the UN Biodiversity Convention in fulfilling its three objectives.
- The conservation of biological diversity
- The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
- The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resource
According to Article 2 of the establishment of the Convention, "Biological Diversity" means the variability among living organisms from all sources, including, among other things, terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.
In her address to the participants, Ms. Mrema, described, Biodiversity as the foundation of human life. Biodiversity feeds us, houses us, cures us, and provides us with the water we drink, the air we breathe, and stores carbon dioxide to mitigate global warming.
She added that the Convention is taking the current loss of biodiversity crisis seriously. Therefore, different measures have been put in place, such as the ongoing negotiations for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to provide guidance for the Convention and parties to it to address the matter.
The post-2020 global biodiversity framework builds on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It sets out an ambitious plan to implement broad-based action to bring about a transformation in society's relationship with Biodiversity and to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled.
Tanzania is among the 190 parties to the Convention.
Tanzania implements the special goals and the targets of the Convention Strategic Plans through the National Strategic Plan under the coordination of the office of Vice President – Environment.