The extinction crisis has “grave and far-reaching implications for human well-being”, says Professor Knox.
For the first time, a UN report has recognized biodiversity and healthy ecosystems as essential to human rights.
Biopersity is necessary for enjoying a broad range of human rights
such as provision of food. In turn, human rights such as public
participation and access to information are necessary for strong
engagement biodiversity conservation.
The persity of all forms of life on our planet and ecosystem services
such as provision of food, pollination of crops and fulfilment of
people’s cultural life are necessary for enjoying a broad range of human
rights such as right to food, right to health and cultural rights. In
turn, exercising human rights, such as public participation, access to
biodiversity-related information and access to justice in cases of
non-compliance with biodiversity regulation are necessary for a stronger
engagement of a diversity of individuals and groups for the
conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems.
In the consultation, the experts examined legal frameworks, identified gaps and discussed how human rights obligations in biodiversity policies and programmes are implemented in practice at various levels such as at the national, local and municipal levels and by different government bodies such ministries of environment, agriculture and mining. The role of international organization and non-state actors was also discussed. They also engaged in dialogue for clarifying heightened obligations of States in protecting individuals and groups who are in a vulnerable situations. These include people in rural areas who directly depend on biodiversity for their survival and hence are especially vulnerable to restrictive access to biodiversity and biodiversity loss.
“Since my research addresses multilevel environmental governance and how the dynamics between local, national and international legal systems support or inhibit transformations for sustainability and environmental justice, it’s a great opportunity to contribute my experience and share insights in UN processes in the law, policy and practice interface,” Ituarte Lima says;
an international public lawyer with experience in both multilateral and community-based environmental initiatives.
The document, authored by U.N. Special Rapporteur Professor Knox, comes amid a biodiversity crisis that many scientists have pegged as the beginning of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event.
“Biodiversity is really necessary for the full enjoyment of rights to food, water, health — the right to live a full and happy life,” Knox told The Huffington Post on Thursday. “Without the services that healthy ecosystems provide across the board, we really can’t enjoy a whole range of human rights. And healthy ecosystems really depend on biodiversity.”
This video shows in 8 minutes how education can help us better understand the value of biopersity and the causes of biodiversity loss. It also gives examples of how educators and students can get active and help conserve biodiversity. It aims to increase public awareness of biodiversity issues by inspiring stakeholders, including young people, teachers and media professionals.
The assessment, which the Professor presented to the U.N.’s Human Rights Council at a meeting this month in Geneva, Switzerland, concludes that, “in order to protect human rights, states have a general obligation to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.”
The U.N. has not taken a formal position on this PRIORITY matter.
The Human Rights Council is considering whether to adopt any solution for recognizing the relationship of biodiversity and human rights.A decision is expected by the end of the month.
Law professor John Knox, a U.N. special rapporteur, says, “Without the
services that healthy ecosystems provide across the board, we really
can’t enjoy a whole range of human rights.”
In many ways, the rate of species extinction — which humankind has sped up 1000 times, according to a 2005 assessment — is as much of a crisis as climate change, Knox says. Yet it gets far less attention. In 2010 CBD they failed miserably in meeting for adopting targets to reduce biodiversity loss.
Had the international community met its goals, it would have gone a long way toward protecting the variety of life on Earth.
“I’m not saying I’m the great expert on what needs to happen on biodiversity,” he said. “I’m saying that the people who are the experts have spoken and states have agreed with them on what needs to happen on biodiversity, and [they’re] not living up to that commitment.”
Ultimately, biodiversity loss has “grave and far-reaching implications for human well-being,”
Knox writes. Those implications include reduced fishery and agriculture yields, depleted sources of medicine, and increased infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders. Most vulnerable are the indigenous communities that directly depend on healthy ecosystems for food, water and even culture.
Knox calls on nations to minimize damage to ecosystems and biodiversity, both from private entities and government agencies, as well as recognize and protect those most vulnerable, including indigenous populations.
“People have the right to know the natures benefits and for rewarding and dignified lives,” Andersen said during a human rights panel event last week. “This includes, for example, the right to food for all, for present and future generations; the right to water; the right to housing; the right to health and many other social, economic and cultural rights. All of these depend on functioning ecosystems and biodiversity.”
Knox said he has a hard time understanding how this issue, with all of its effects on human health, doesn’t get more attention. And he finds the conversation taking place in the U.S. troubling.
President POTUS has proposed deep budget cuts across the executive branch, including EPA by 31 percent and the Interior Department’s by 12 percent.Mr. President Trump has also repeatedly called climate change a “CHARADE” and promised to make America great again by leaving U.S OUT of the PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT.
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“We should really be ramping up our support for greater protection of biodiversity, not stepping back from it,” Knox said. “Climate change is making the biodiversity crisis much much worse. As the president administration seems to be pulling back from commitments to deal with climate change, among the other serious problems with that for the environment, it’s also going to have really disastrous effects to biodiversity.”
Late last year, a report by the World Wildlife Fund warned that 67% of Earth’s wildlife could vanish by 2020.
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GOD BLESS YOU ALL