How the UN’s Global Biodiversity Framework could become the ‘Paris Agreement for nature’

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‘The World Wide Fund for Nature has highlighted that some more drastic measures may be needed to fight the decline of biodiversity.’ Biodiversity loss is threatening around a million plant and animal species, food security, human health and economic output. The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) is a United Nations-led initiative to tackle its root causes and could have a similar impact as the Paris Agreement. Set to be finalized in early 2022, the GBF’s draft sets out targets for protecting marine and land habitats, reducing pesticides and plastic waste, and increasing investments. This alone may not suffice to halt biodiversity loss, and the WWF wants to include a milestone for halving human production and consumption in the GBF. The Paris Agreement on climate change has become a rallying point for global efforts to rein in global warming since its adoption in 2015. Another United Nations-led initiative that could have the same impact for biodiversity is set to be finally agreed in Spring 2022. The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) will set 21 targets and 10 milestones for governments to meet by the end of the decade. These include protecting a minimum of 30% of the world’s oceans and […]

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