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Issue No:41
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2012
  • :English

This issue of Yemaya includes articles on women fish processors in Senegal, conditions of fishing communities post civil war and after tsunami in Sri Lanka, women participating in decision-making process in Philippines and how women are turning to farm feed production as livelihood options in India. The edit focuses on the gender issues within the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

From the Editor

The need to recognize and incorporate women’s traditional knowledge, to build capacity among women and to include the gender dimension in all aspects of planning and implementation for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity were some of the key points raised by the Women’s Caucus at the recently-concluded Eleventh meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP11), held in October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which evolved out of the historic Rio Summit of 1992, was established to address the worrying decline in biodiversity across the planet. This legally-binding treaty sought to promote the conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of benefits from biodiversity, in keeping with the overall objectives of sustainable development.

However, the last 20 years have only seen alarming declines of biodiversity. World leaders have been accused of failing to deliver on commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. During COP10 in Nagoya, Japan in 2010, world leaders agreed on a new set of targets—the Aichi Targets—for the period 2010-2020. The need to reverse loss of coastal and marine bi