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Elizabeth Mrema: ‘A lot still has to be done for a biodiversity agreement’

After two years of postponements and a change in format, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP15 biodiversity talks will now take place in Montreal, Canada, this December. There is still much work to do in the coming months, if countries are to secure a new global agreement on protecti ...

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Scientists warn deal to save biodiversity is in jeopardy

Some conservation scientists are warning that a global deal to protect the environment is under threat after negotiations stalled during international talks in Nairobi last week. They are calling on global leaders to rescue the talks — and biodiversity — from the brink. Others are more hopeful t ...

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Global Biodiversity Framework Talks Achieve “Varying Levels of Progress”

The Open-ended Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF), charged by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with developing a “new set of global goals and targets to guide parties towards a nature-positive future,” achieved pr ...

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Locally-Led Action Essential for Achieving Global Biodiversity Goals

One month from today, negotiators from around the world will meet in Geneva for crucial preparatory talks on the new global biodiversity framework. The framework aims to halt and reverse our current catastrophic loss of biodiversity.

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Global biodiversity deal running short on time and ambition

Negotiators and observers left the latest meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with renewed momentum but with many issues still unresolved, including how to find the missing US$700 billion needed annually to protect and restore nature.

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Funding battles stymie ambitious plan to protect global biodiversity

Scientists are frustrated with countries’ progress towards inking a new deal to protect the natural world. Government officials from around the globe met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 14–29 March to find common ground on a draft of the deal, known as the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, but ...

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COP15: Key outcomes for nature loss and climate change from UN talks in Geneva

Preparatory talks for a major UN biodiversity summit, COP15, came to a close in Geneva on Tuesday evening, with countries agreeing to meet again in Nairobi in an attempt to solve issues surrounding a global deal to reverse nature loss.

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Call for SA to join 30% conservation target to stem nature loss, climate change

Scientists, conservationists and youth leaders are calling on the government to back a draft United Nations target to double globally protected areas to stem the loss of nature and reduce the effects of climate change.

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Conservation has a Human Rights Problem. Can the New UN Biodiversity Plan Solve it?

For decades, if not centuries, Maasai cattle farmers in Northern Tanzania have reared their animals alongside iconic wildlife species like cheetahs, lions and black rhinos.

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Scientists Worldwide Call for Immediate Action to Reverse Biodiversity Loss Under 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Halting, then reversing the dangerous ongoing loss of Earth's plant and animal diversity requires far more than an expanded global system of protected areas of land and seas, scientists warned.

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Scientists Express Need for Transformative Changes To Halt Biodiversity Loss

More than 50 scientists from 23 countries came together to deliver to governments a synthesis of the science informing and underpinning 21 targets laid out in Aichi Biodiversity Targets. These 21 targets are referred to as post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and are part of the UN Conv ...

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Biodiversity faces its make-or-break year, and research will be key

Biodiversity is being lost at a rate not seen since the last mass extinction. But the United Nations decade-old plan to slow down and eventually stop the decline of species and ecosystems by 2020 has failed. Most of the plan’s 20 targets — known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets — have not been met.

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Reversing destruction of biodiversity should be top priority

Over 50 experts say reversing biodiversity loss will take take more than placing protection on land and sea zones. Setting aside 30% of the worlds land and oceans is just measure one of the 21 targets in the first draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), however experts are saying even ...

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2-day South Asian Consultation on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework begins

New Delhi : A two-day meeting of the South Asian Consultation Meeting on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was held in New Delhi today.

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Conservation and food production must work in tandem, new study says

Strictly protecting 30% of Earth’s land and sea by 2030 would result in food production shortfalls, and would render a fifth of mammals and a third of birds at high risk of extinction, according to a new study.

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UN Biodiversity Convention postpones in-person resumed sessions of its two subsidiary bodies and working group on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Uncertainties posed by the Omicron variant and resulting travel measures and restrictions force postponement of physical meetings of resumed sessions for SBSTTA-24, SBI-3 and WG2020-3, scheduled to be held in Geneva in January 2022

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From ambition to biodiversity action: Time to hold actors accountable

To achieve global goals for biodiversity conservation, national level implementation must be significantly improved. National policy instruments need to precisely define effective actions and the actors responsible for implementation. Accountability needs to be ensured through systematic monitor ...

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From Ambition To Biodiversity Action: Time To Hold Actors Accountable

“A new framework that does not ensure accountability is doomed to failure. We need systematic and effective real-time monitoring: it is time to hold actors accountable.”

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Island conservationists identify key barriers to meeting biodiversity targets

The failure to meet global biodiversity targets clearly indicates the need for more effective biodiversity management and conservation efforts, and this in turn requires better understanding of the current barriers to success.

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Analysis: Nature-pact goal to protect 30% of land and ocean hangs in balance

The central pledge of a planned new global nature pact - to protect 30% of the planet's land and seas - is in doubt, with some biodiversity-rich nations refusing to commit because of jitters over funding and implementation, officials have warned.

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UK will 'pause' publication of data showing biodiversity in decline

Conservationists have criticised the UK government for its decision to temporarily stop publishing new data on the state of the country’s wildlife and habitats in 2022, the same year as a landmark UN biodiversity summit.

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The Kunming Declaration & Biodiversity Fund Set a Path toward a More Just Global Biodiversity Framework

In August 2019, in the middle of heavy monsoon rain and floods, my sister Sudakshina Sen (an avid wildlife photographer) and I arrived at the Western Ghats in southwest India, a global biodiversity hotspot.

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Biodiversity: world leaders are negotiating new targets to protect nature by 2030 – the story so far

This online event will be followed by an in-person one in Geneva in January 2022, and negotiations will formally end in April 2022 in Kunming, China, where the world will agree a post-2020 global biodiversity framework with targets for the next decade.Most countries 196 in total, with the US bei ...

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78 financial institutions managing more than $10 trillion in assets urging governments to halt & reverse biodiversity loss.

Together with Ceres, Inc., the Public Policy Advocacy working group of the Finance for Biodiversity Foundation coordinated this statement directed to the Global Biodiversity Framework negotiating governments ahead of COP15

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Investors call for stronger global biodiversity framework to be delivered at COP15

A group of investors worth more than $10.6trn in assets under management has issued a statement ahead of the Convention on Biological Diversity's COP15 next month, calling for heightened global action to end deforestation and ensure sustainable land use.

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From Marseille to Kunming, all eyes on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

A series of resolutions and commitments were adopted by the Seventh World Conservation Congress (WCC) that closed on Friday in French port city of Marseille and online, calling for efforts to address climate and biodiversity emergencies.

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Closing the Nature-Finance Gap

Although the biodiversity crisis is intimately linked to the climate one, the financing to address it is woefully inadequate. With a new global biodiversity plan now in the works, the world has an opportunity – and a duty – to start making up for lost time.

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TRAFFIC calls for robust targets, indicators and financial commitments in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

As governments continued discussions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) and deliberated new targets to replace the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, TRAFFIC welcomed progress on finalising the Framework bu ...

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Egypt Exerted Tireless Efforts to Develop Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework - Minister

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said Egypt has exerted tireless efforts as the President of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14) to develop the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, despite the critical conditions that the world faced given the b ...

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Ethiopia: Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework Aims to End Biodiversity Crises

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has enacted a new draft on biodiversity, The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which is expected to be adopted during the 15th Conference of Parties on biodiversity (COP 15) in China. The aim of the framework is to halt the loss o ...

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Should 30% Of Earth’s Land and Sea Areas Be Conserved?

The statistics paint a grim picture: Accelerating species losses, 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of forest destroyed every year, apocalyptic declines in the abundance of some wildlife. The planet is in a biodiversity crisis, with some scientists saying if we keep it up, we may tip into a ...

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Indonesia supports steps for negotiating biodiversity framework

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya stressed that Indonesia will consistently support steps for negotiating the biodiversity framework on account of the nation's profuse biodiversity.

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China pushes new global biodiversity fund to help secure nature accord

Developing nations say they need more finance to conserve their natural environments—and China has floated the idea of a fund to channel billions of dollars to protect biodiversity.

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Secretary-General calls for bold action to end biodiversity crisis

With one million species at risk of extinction, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called for greater leadership and political will to end the biodiversity crisis.

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Delegates hash out UN biodiversity goals online

Paris: Country delegates met online on Monday to start tackling a draft agreement for the pandemic-delayed COP15 global summit on biodiversity, days after the new summit date of April 2022 was set.

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Unprecedented loss of biodiversity: A million species under threat but there are ways to conserve earth’s living systems

Human-induced climate change isn’t just warming the planet to dangerous levels, it’s also threatening the living systems that depend on a stable climate. Add to that centuries of our plundering the natural world for resources and, according to the first draft of a Biodiversity Convention report, ...

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Pre COP Biodiversity 2021 Calls For Bold Actions On Land Restoration

An integrated approach and bold measures must be taken to reverse nature loss in the next decade, said Iván Duque Márquez, President of Colombia, during the high-level event at the hybrid Biodiversity PreCOP, on 30th August. Running from the 23rd August to 3rd September the Pre Cop aims to discu ...

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UN’s draft plan to protect nature must be amended to put human rights at centre

The UN's draft plan to preserve and protect nature must be amended to put human rights at its centre if we are to ensure the future of life on our planet, David Boyd, UN special rapporteur on human rights and environment, said today.

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A global deal for nature is a chance for China to show historic global leadership

If we needed more proof of our biodiversity crisis, a herd of wild elephants marching through China has been doing the job in the most heart-warming way possible.

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Human rights must be at heart of UN plan to save planet – expert

The UN’s draft plan to preserve and protect nature must be amended to put human rights at its centre if we are to ensure the future of life on our planet, David Boyd, UN special rapporteur on human rights and environment, said today.

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New global biodiversity goals must take these key lessons into account

A framework to help countries develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of their natural resources is nearing completion. The so-called 'post-2020' global biodiversity framework will provide goals and targets to stem and reverse the decline in nature until 2050.

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A spotlight on mountains in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

This message was delivered at a webinar on “Towards the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Retrospective reflection and setting priority actions for the mountains” organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

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What’s on the horizon for the upcoming Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework

In the early 19th century, when Europeans began to settle on the island of Tasmania, around 5,000 of the striped, dog-sized creatures known as Tasmanian tigers roamed the landscape.

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Integrate biodiversity targets from local to global levels

Decisions to be made at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will shape biodiversity conservation approaches for the next 30 years, a critical time for the future of nature and people.

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One way India could help both landowners and wildlife is by encouraging agroforestry

The United Nations declared the decade of 2021-2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity recently released the first draft of a new framework in the run-up to the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) where the next set of global biodiversity targets fo ...

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Biodiversity needs every tool in the box: use OECMs

Global support is growing for the 30 × 30 movement — a goal to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030. In May, the G7 group of wealthy nations endorsed the commitment to this target that had been made by more than 50 countries in January. It is likely to be the headline goal when parties to the Conv ...

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New Global Biodiversity Framework Seeks To Bring ‘Humanity In Harmony With Nature’

The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the first official draft of a new global framework for biodiversity to guide actions to conserve and protect nature and its basic services to humans by 2030.

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Nature’s Paris moment: does the global bid to stem wildlife decline go far enough?

Can nature have its own Paris moment? It’s the question facing countries negotiating a new United Nations agreement aimed at stemming the global loss of wildlife.Last week, the UN convention on biological diversity released the latest draft of an agreement that would unite countries behind a sha ...

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5 things you need to know about the new global framework to manage nature

Climate action failure, biodiversity loss and infectious diseases counted as the top three risks in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report. It is imperative that leaders and citizens alike adopt a systems view for the economic and societal transformation needed today so we build the worl ...

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EU environment ministers on new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and pollinator protection

On the second day of the informal meeting of EU environment and climate change ministers in Slovenia, discussions addressed the new proposal of global targets for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The ministers also discussed the challenges of jointly strengthening pollinator protecti ...

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