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Biodiversity talks: Ministers in Nagoya adopt new strategy

Environment ministers from almost 200 nations agreed...to adopt a new United Nations strategy that aims to stem the worst loss of life on Earth since the demise of the dinosaurs...[T]he UN's COP10 biodiversity conference...[adopted] a new treaty, the Nagoya protocol, to manage the world's genetic resources and share the multibillion-dollar benefits with developing nations and indigenous communities...Governments have been discussing this subject for 18 years, but it has been held up until now because it ran across issues of trade, health, traditional medicine and science and pitted multinational pharmaceutical companies against indigenous communities...Jim Leape, director general of WWF International...[said] "This agreement reaffirms the fundamental need to conserve nature as the very foundation of our economy and our society..."