The Message from Merida, Carlos Manuel Rodriquez


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Carlos Manuel Rodriquez, Vice-President for Policy, Conservation International (Costa Rica), introduced the Message from Merida, calling for the protection of critical land and sea wilderness areas to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity.

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The Message from Merida, Carlos Manuel Rodriquez

  1. 1. The Merida Message (Mensaje de Merida)From the Chairman and the Executive Committee of WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress6-13 November 2009, Merida, Mexico<br />
  2. 2. Mensaje de Merida<br />We are already meeting or exceeding worst case IPCC climate change scenarios.<br />To avoid dangerous climate change impacts, we must stabilize atmospheric carbon concentration from 385 ppmto 350 ppm. <br />Wilderness conservation efforts – terrestrial and marine – are essential. We cannot reach 350 ppm quickly enough unless we halt carbon emissions from the degradation and transformation of natural ecosytems. <br />Wilderness conservation and climate change are therefore closely interconnected – which is why the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity emerged from the Rio Conference in 1992 together. <br /> <br />Unfortunately these two conventions have become separated in their implementation.<br />The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity must again be seen as two parts of an inseparable whole: an integrated and closely coordinated response to global environmental degradation. For the good of the planet, the time has come for a major initiative to reunite climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts with biodiversity conservation and wilderness protection. <br />
  3. 3. THEREFORE, THE CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF WILD9: THE 9TH WORLD WILDERNESS CONGRESS: <br />Call on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to recognize that large-scale nature conservation is a first-order climate change strategy for both mitigation and adaptation.<br />Call on Parties to the UNFCCC and the CBD to ensure policies and measures for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in developing countries (REDD+) and Land use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) that recognize the roles of natural ecosystems and wilderness areas, such as forests, peatlands, and vegetated marine habitats.<br />Call on Parties to the CBD to revise and implement the CBD Programme of Work on Protected areas (PoWPA) to maximize its contribution to addressing climate change.<br />Call on all countries to act immediately to protect their own natural ecosystems, and in particular primary forest and other intact ecosystems and wilderness areas, including coastal and marine areas, in an interconnected manner. <br />
  4. 4. Mensaje de Merida Signatories<br />