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The Lijiang Statement of the International Biodiversity Forum Biodiversity Forum Biodiversity Forum Biodiversity Forum Biodiversity Forum
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The year 2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations. The 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10), which will be held in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, will involve a discussion of a new strategic plan, including post-2010 biodiversity targets as well as access and benefit sharing (ABS). To contribute to international efforts for COP10, ecological societies of China, Japan, and Korea joined on May 22, International Biodiversity Day, in Lijiang, China, a World Heritage Site rich in biological and cultural diversity.

Recognizing threats to biodiversity across Asia, we release this Statement at this international forum, themed "Discussing Biodiversity  to Welcome COP10: Asia Acting Together," so as to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Asia.

Biological diversity is an important foundation for sustainable development; it is also an important indicator of ecological civilization and environmental quality in a country or region. However, with rapid economic development, biodiversity is facing ever-increasing threats in many areas of Asia, including northwestern Yunnan. Lessons learned in this forum include
a) that optimizing conservation and utilization, based on a spirit of harmony between humans and their biophysical surroundings, is crucial to sustainable development and environmental security;
b) that there is an urgent need for scientifically based conservation strategy and action plans;
c) that ecotourism and ecologically oriented urban planning can play important roles if developed in a manner consistent with scientific knowledge about biodiversity;
d) that cultural diversity and the traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous groups are inseparable from biological diversity;
e) that community involvement is vital to effective strategies for the conservation of biological resources; and
f) that international collaboration is becoming increasingly critical in promoting the conservation of biodiversity.

In view of these lessons, we offer the following proposals.
As local people are key players in the conservation of biodiversity, we urge governments at all levels to support non-government organizations and local people in the conservation of biological and cultural diversity.
As the public plays a vital role in supporting government activities, we urge that the public be made aware of the urgency of conserving biological and cultural diversity.
As knowledge in ecological and cultural dimensions is essential to the sustainable management of biological resources, we urge scholars to generate critical knowledge for the conservation of biological and cultural diversity.

We appreciate the great contributions that the provincial government of Yunnan has made in protecting biological and cultural diversity, including implementing the "Colorful Yunnan Action Plan" and related initiatives.
Finally, recognizing the biogeographical and cultural relationships among countries in Asia, we resolve to support this forum through continued exchange and cooperation.

                                                     May 23, 2010