Convention on Biological Diversity

12th Conference of Parties, 6 – 17 October 2014,

Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea


The official website of the CBD-COP12 can be accessed here, and decisions taken at the COP here. In particular, a major decision was taken on Priority Actions to Protect Coral Reefs.


The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 was released for the COP, with depressing news for coral reefs. The indicators for Target 10, on reducing multiple stressors on ecosystems vulnerable to climate change, was one of the few indicators REGRESSING. More needs to be done!



Technical sessions at COP12

CORDIO participated in the technical proceedings of the COP (see events below) by the Marine programme of the Secretariat of the CBD, in relation to description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) and presentation of draft decisions to the COP on Ocean Acidification and a Coral Reef Action Plan.


3 - 4 October - Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Partnership Meeting
7 October 2014 - Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in the World Oceans
8 October -

Updated Scientific Synthesis on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

9 October - Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reefs and Closely Associated Ecosystems
10 October - Managing Coral Reefs for Resilience to Climate Change - Progress Made and Key Priorities Towards Meeting Aichi Target 10