COP15 reaches historical goal for nature
The UN Biodiversity Conference ended on a historic Global Biodiversity Framework in the early morning hours in Montreal, Canada. The world now shares a roadmap to stop biodiversity loss and to embrace a more nature-positive future.
“This is a historic result for nature,” Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy Australia (TNC), Alison Rowe, said. “The long-awaited Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework provides a map to guide our collective actions to reverse nature’s decline within the next decade. This is a win for nature, and for people.”
“TNC particularly welcomes the adoption of the 30x30 target, which will secure the effective conservation of 30% of the world’s lands, seas and inland waters by 2030.”
The financing effort required to transition to a more nature-positive future also featured at the centre of international discussions.
“Having financing as an integral part of the discussions is a significant achievement, and a testament to the credibility of the framework. To make an impact, conservation efforts must be matched by adequate financing that will close the US$700 billion annual gap to a nature positive world,” Ms Rowe said.
“The target within the agreed Framework on corporate disclosure of biodiversity risk also sends a powerful signal to companies that they should adjust their business models and investment strategies towards a nature-positive economy.
“The agreement is not perfect, but it is an incredible milestone, and it should be celebrated as one. There is now a world consensus that we need to do more for nature, and that every part of society has a part to play in it.
“The Nature Conservancy stands ready to work with First Nations, governments, civil society, corporations, the financial sector, academia in Australia and the world in healing humanity’s relationship with nature. We are particularly committed to upholding Indigenous leadership in protecting natural and cultural values of lands and waterways.”
“We are the witnesses of a breakthrough moment for nature, one that will see the end of the nature crisis. This is only the beginning. Work starts now, and now is the time to deliver on the commitment made for the future of nature and people.”
The full text of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework can be accessed here.
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