The government of Japan announced today at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan, that it will provide $2 billion in three years starting in 2010 to help developing countries in their efforts to protect biodiversity.
Russ Mittermeier, President of Conservation International, said: "Japan's announcement is excellent news. We were already optimistic, but the 2 billion exceeded our expectations. We are happy to see the host country of this meeting dedicate so much money and commitment to moving things forward.
"Japan showed great leadership by being the first nation to announce financial aid in this conference and we are particularly pleased to see that financial resources are being channeled to protected areas, which we consider the most effective way of tackling the current biodiversity crisis."
"Overall, today was a very positive day. Japan's investment seems to have injected a lot of enthusiasm into the negotiations and now a final agreement is looking more likely."
Representatives of 193 governments gathered in Nagoya for the CBD until Friday to discuss the adoption of a new Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will provide a set of 20 targets for governments across the globe to tackle the current biodiversity crisis over the next decade.
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