With UN Nature Talks Stalling, Japan Offers $2 Billion

Publication: Associated Press

10/27/2010 - Japan offered $2 billion in aid Wednesday to help developing nations reach species-preserving goals that are being debated at a U.N. conference, a move that could jolt the stalled talks forward.


Sue Lieberman, director of international policy at the Pew Trust, said the move could prompt other governments to step up with financial aid to keep the talks from collapsing, as the U.N. climate talks did in Copenhagen last year.

But Lieberman also pointed out that Tokyo has a dubious record when it comes to marine policies. It helped kill off many of the measures at the CITES, or Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, meeting earlier this year that would have limited trade in tuna, sharks and other marine species. Japan has also come under harsh criticism by environmental groups for its whaling program.

"Japan is not always the best friend of marine biodiversity," she said.

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