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    By 2020, the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and their customary use of biological resources, are respected, subject to national legislation and relevant international obligations, and fully integrated and reflected in the implementation of the Convention with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities, at all relevant levels.
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    By 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied.
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    By 2020, at the latest, the mobilization of financial resources for effectively implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 from all sources, and in accordance with the consolidated and agreed process in the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, should increase substantially from the current levels. This target will be subject to changes contingent to resource needs assessments to be developed and reported by Parties.
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    Goal6
    Clean water and sanitation
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    Affordable and clean energy
    Goal8
    Decent work and economic growth
    Goal9
    Industry, innovation, infrastructure
    Goal10
    Reduced inequalities
    Goal11
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Goal12
    Responsible consumption, production
    Goal13
    Climate action
    Goal14
    Life below water
    Goal15
    Life on land
    Goal16
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Goal17
    Partnerships for the goals
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    What does each target means
    Target1
    By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.
    Target2
    By 2020, at the latest, biodiversity values have been integrated into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes and are being incorporated into national accounting, as appropriate, and reporting systems.
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    By 2020, at the latest, incentives, including subsidies, harmful to biodiversity are eliminated, phased out or reformed in order to minimize or avoid negative impacts, and positive incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are developed and applied, consistent and in harmony with the Convention and other relevant international obligations, taking into account national socio economic conditions.
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    By 2020, at the latest, Governments, business and stakeholders at all levels have taken steps to achieve or have implemented plans for sustainable production and consumption and have kept the impacts of use of natural resources well within safe ecological limits.
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    By 2020, the rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, is at least halved and where feasible brought close to zero, and degradation and fragmentation is significantly reduced.
    Target6
    By 2020 all fish and invertebrate stocks and aquatic plants are managed and harvested sustainably, legally and applying ecosystem based approaches, so that overfishing is avoided, recovery plans and measures are in place for all depleted species, fisheries have no significant adverse impacts on threatened species and vulnerable ecosystems and the impacts of fisheries on stocks, species and ecosystems are within safe ecological limits.
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    By 2020 areas under agriculture, aquaculture and forestry are managed sustainably, ensuring conservation of biodiversity.
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    By 2020, pollution, including from excess nutrients, has been brought to levels that are not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity.
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    By 2015, the multiple anthropogenic pressures on coral reefs, and other vulnerable ecosystems impacted by climate change or ocean acidification are minimized, so as to maintain their integrity and functioning.
    Target11
    By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscapes and seascapes.
    Target12
    By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.
    Target13
    By 2020, the genetic diversity of cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and of wild relatives, including other socio-economically as well as culturally valuable species, is maintained, and strategies have been developed and implemented for minimizing genetic erosion and safeguarding their genetic diversity.
    Target14
    By 2020, ecosystems that provide essential services, including services related to water, and contribute to health, livelihoods and well-being, are restored and safeguarded, taking into account the needs of women, indigenous and local communities, and the poor and vulnerable.
    Target15
    By 2020, ecosystem resilience and the contribution of biodiversity to carbon stocks has been enhanced, through conservation and restoration, including restoration of at least 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to combating desertification.
    Target16
    By 2015, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization is in force and operational, consistent with national legislation.
    Target17
    By 2015 each Party has developed, adopted as a policy instrument, and has commenced implementing an effective, participatory and updated national biodiversity strategy and action plan.
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    By 2020, the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and their customary use of biological resources, are respected, subject to national legislation and relevant international obligations, and fully integrated and reflected in the implementation of the Convention with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities, at all relevant levels.
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    By 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied.
    Target20
    By 2020, at the latest, the mobilization of financial resources for effectively implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 from all sources, and in accordance with the consolidated and agreed process in the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, should increase substantially from the current levels. This target will be subject to changes contingent to resource needs assessments to be developed and reported by Parties.
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2016 INDIA

Project title :

Problems AND ‘Prospects’ OF SEPLS’ Conversion for Alternate Benefits – A Research Case Study from the Western Ghats

Landscape of Madayippara, a laterite hill in Northern Kerala
A quarry site in the laterite hill

Landscape of Madayippara, a laterite hill in Northern Kerala

A quarry site in the laterite hill

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Organisation :

M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)

Project period :

June 2017 - September 2019

Project type :

Research activities

Landscape type :

Landscape

Related Sustainable Development Goals :
  • Life on land
Related Aichi Biodiversity Targets :
  • By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.
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Overview

This project was a case study in a mountain range, “the Western Ghats” located in Northern Kerala. These laterite hills are the source of water and nutrients for the valleys where people live densely and carry out extensive farming. The rich biodiversity in the hilltops supports endemic and unique flora in all seasons. However, mining and quarrying activities as well as demanding construction work have exploited the biotopes beyond repair. The status quo of the lateritic hills, as ‘wastelands’ for public concern, accelerate this process. In the face of such issues, the project aimed to achieve the following:
i) Understand the problems and ‘prospects’ on converting the laterite hills into socio-ecological production landscapes (SEPLS) for alternative benefits. This was done through widely sharing and transferring knowledge on biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss as envisaged in Aichi Target 19.
ii) Analyse the role of the Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs), in the conservation and management of SEPLS (BMCs are statutory bodies attached to Local Self Governments, constituted by the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and defined as the ‘environmental caretakers’ of the respective regions (emphasis was given to the laterite landscapes of Northern Kerala)).
This project, in consultation with local people and governments and researchers, developed several recommendations which can be used for further regional planning and policy formulation. In addition, it became clear that the BMCs need to be further strengthened and made aware of the importance of conserving the laterite hillocks.

Key achievements

  • A documentary film on the problems and prospects of the laterite landscapes was produced (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWMo2DAYzZw)
  • An illustrated case study report was produced for researchers and policymakers for their review and guidance.

Lessons

  • The existing local governance system needs to be strengthened and made aware of the importance of conserving the production landscapes in order to take concrete actions.
  • Each of the mentioned issues on the landscape need to be studied for their sociological and livelihood impacts so that better management plans can be put forward.

Project location

Organisation

M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
Sector
Non-governmental organisation
Country
India
Website
https://www.mssrf.org/