On February 22, 2016, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced the “National Policy on Biological Diversity 2016-2025”. The Prime Minister spoke at the 4th General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Kuala Lumpur, in which he stated that the policy is a coordinated effort to address the need for conservation, sustainable utilization, and the sharing of benefits from biodiversity in a fair and equitable manner.
5 goals, 17 individual targets by 2025
The policy sets out 5 goals and 17 individual targets with regards to national biodiversity. The 5 objectives are as follows:
- Empower and harness the commitment of all stakeholders to conserve biodiversity
- Significantly reduce the direct and indirect pressures on biodiversity
- Safeguard all key ecosystems, species and genetic diversity
- Ensure that the benefits from the utilization of biodiversity are shared equally
- Improve the capacity, knowledge, and skills of all stakeholders to conserve biodiversity
The 17 individual targets include: the conservation of 20% terrestrial areas and inland waters, 10% of coastal and marine areas, regulation and significant reduction of poaching and illegal trade of wildlife, and the sustainable management and harvesting of production forests, agricultural production and fisheries.
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