cbcgdf ‘s speech on icg
Introduction to the Foundation
What is CBCGDF?
China as we all know is has a lot of NGOs and one of those NGOs is our organization called the CBCGDF meaning the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green development foundation. This organization is a non-profit organization in that is fully dedicated to conserving china’s biodiversity.
Ecosystem is the foundation of life and we cannot live without it, this is the main reason why our organization made it a major priority to protect the ecosystem.
When was it formed?
The next question is when was it formed?
The CBCGDF was formed in the year 1985 during which the 38 milu deer was returned to Beijing as a gift from the Marquess of Tavistock. The story of the milu deer started during the 1800s in the Qing dynasty when these species almost went into extinction, 18 of the deers that survived were rescued and taken by the Duke of Bedford. These deers were raised and bred in the garden of the Dukes palace. The return of the Milu deer back to Beijing led to the formation of the China Milu deer foundation. This was the origin of the CBCGDF.
What’s the Purpose of the Organization?
During the time the miludeers were returned to Beijing, this foundation which then called the china Milu deer foundation was mainly focused on protecting the milu deer. When the population of this species grew, the aim of this organization expanded from protecting just the milu deer’s species to;
- Biodiversity conservation,
- Environmental protection and
- Sustainable development.
This action led to the foundation changing its name from China Milu deer Foundation to the China Biodiversity Conservation Foundation in 1997. In the year 2010, the foundation was given the name China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF)
What are the cases handled so far by this Organization?
Since the formation of this organization, we have dealt with a few number of cases and some of the cases includes;
- The case of gene conservation of 7 killed Przewalski Gazelles,
- Conservation of Acer Pentaphyllum,
- And conservation of pangolins because of time we cant go into more details.
- Conservation of Chinese pangolins
- For the conservation of pangolins we have done the following
- We have issued a report about the medicinal use of pangolins
- We raised awareness with the public about reducing pangolin consumption,
- We are recently applying for illegal trade challenge fund
- Protecting pangolins stronghold,
- Stopping poaching of pangolins
- We are promoting biodiversty legislation in china
- For the conservation of pangolins we have done the following
China Conservation Area (CCAfa)
In order to protect the endangered species, cultural relics, historic sites and so on, the CBCGDF established a concept known as the China Conservation Area (CCAfa), this project is aimed at conducting a target approach to protect the endangered species of Fauna and flora, historic sites, Cultural relics and so on. This concept is also aimed at
Creating tourist sites, which will in turn help the economy of the community.
In doing all these we intend to create a better community and better life for the people.
Efforts of the CBCGDF on CCAfa
The CBCGDF has so far established about 20 Conservation areas all around the country and some of these conservation areas includes;
- China conservation area for great Bustard at Changyuan
- China Conservation area for lliPikas at Jinghe
- China Conservation Area for sand martins at Zhengzhou
- China Conservation area for Relic Gulls at Tianjin
- China Conservation Area for Ancient Jujube tree at Xinzheng
- China Conservation Area for Przewalski’s Gazelles at Qinghai Lake
- China Conservation Area for Oriental White Storks at Lvshun
- China Conservation area for Blacked faced Spoonbills at Zhuanghe
- China conservation Area for Acer Pentaphyllum at Xing’anmeng, tianhsui, and Lanzhou.
- China conservation Area for Snow Leopard at Urumqi
What are the Benefits of CCAfa?
When building a conservation area the first thing we think about is the benefits involved in the establishment of the project and some of these benefits includes;
- Reduction in the habitat destruction,
- Preservation of species suffering from poaching, hunting and illegal trades,
- Job provision for the local people of the community,
- Research education,
- Recreation and community quality of life
- Improve of the communities economy
Convention of Biological diversity (CBD)
The worlds growing commitment on sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity inspired the formation of Convention of Biological diversity (CBD), this convention is comprised of 3 major objectives. But most members of this convention are obliged to facilitate the 3rdobjective which is the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources hence contributing greatly to the global preservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of the components the genetic resources. The Nagoya protocol happens to be a supplementary agreement to this objective thereby providing an international and transparent framework for the effective implementation of CBD’s 3rd objective.
This protocol is mainly aimed at generating significant benefits for biodiversity conservation in areas or states where the genetic resources are originated
Objectives of the Nagoya
The execution of this Protocol rests on three main objectives such as;
- Establishing a more predictable condition for access to genetic resources,
- Ensuring the benefit sharing between users and the providers of the genetic resources,
- Ensuring that only legally acquired genetic resources are used.
China and the Nogoya protocol
China has been a part of the CBD since 1993 and just recently, they became a formal party of the Nagoya protocol. This action there puts the most Chinese industries including the bio industries, pharmaceutical industries and other organizational bodies making use of genetic resources in china under an era of benefit sharing. Based on this most Chinese NGOs including the CBCGDF has made it their priority to ensure that the key objective of this protocol is adhered to.
Future plan of most NGOs including the CBCGDF
In order to ensure the implementation of this protocol, most Chinese NGOs including the CBCGDF plans to create a platform to help deal with the following;
- Conservation of the genetic species,
- Prevention of Biopiracy of the genetic resources,
- Enabling indigenous people and the communities enjoy a fair benefit sharing from the use of their genetic resources.
It is our duty to ensure that this industries, organizations and other bodies exploring and making use of these resources follow the rules of the protocol and when they refused to do so, it is also our duty to report them to the appropriate law authorities.