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The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework Is ‘ The Floor Not, A Ceiling’ for Global Action to Halt Ongoing Biodiversity Crisis

The ‘30x30’ target to conserve at least 30 percent of lands and oceans by 2030 is historic and it’s time to work together on implementation.

“The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework is a compromise, and although it has several good and hard-fought elements, it could have gone further to truly transform our relationship with nature and stop our destruction of ecosystems, habitats, and species,” said WCS's Susan Lieberman, Vice President of International Policy.

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It Is Within Our Power to Transform the Trajectory of Nature

WCS's Joe Walston addresses the high-level segment at CoP15

"CoP15 Parties need to focus on preventing further degradation and loss of ecological integrity, particularly in our most highly intact and biodiverse terrestrial and marine ecosystems," said Walston.

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Summit on 'pact with nature' enters final stretch

"It has a lot of really positive elements and if governments truly implement it nature will be better off by 2030 than it is now," WCS's Susan Lieberman tells the BBC of the draft circulated on Sunday morning.

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UN Deal Calls for $20 Bill for International Biodiversity Aid

The text "demonstrates that China is ready to lead a 'race to the top,' building on the ambition expressed by Parties during COP15," WCS's Alfred DeGemmis tells the Associated Press.

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Watered down: why negotiators at Cop15 are barely mentioning the ocean

“We’re worried these countries will try and water this down to, say, 10%,” WCS's Simon Cripps tells The Guardian.

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Driving Finance for Coral Reef Resilience

What we stand to lose if we lose coral reefs is hard to imagine—but it is fast becoming a reality, write Angelique Brathwaite, Yabanex Batista, and WCS's Simon Cripps for The Economist. Reefs face existential threats from climate change and human activities.

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CoP15 Parties Must Make Preventing Pathogen Spillover a Part of GBF

Language on taking steps to prevent the next zoonotic spillover must be included in the final CBD CoP15 global biodiversity framework out of respect to the 6 plus million who have died of COVID-19, says WCS's Christian Walzer.

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Global Biodiversity Protection Must Center Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ Human Rights

IP and LCs have suffered the greatest consequences of our global biodiversity and climate crises despite some of these groups being active champions in fighting these crises, writes WCS's Sushil Raj for PBS Nature.

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Parties May Water Down the Global Biodiversity Framework As It Relates to Oceans

At a minimum, says WCS Executive Director for Marine Conservation Simon Cripps, CoP15 Parties need to agree on protection of 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030.

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WCS Wild Audio: Canada Is Identifying Key Biodiversity Areas

In 2016, 13 of the world’s leading nature conservation organizations launched an ambitious new partnership to identify sites that are important for the persistence of biodiversity.

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Recognition of Human Rights Must Be More Than One Day of Speeches at CoP15

“The success of the Global Biodiversity Framework," says WCS's Sushil Raj, Executive Director for Rights + Communities, "ultimately lies in the world uniting on robust goals and targets strongly grounded in human rights

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Still no major progress toward 'peace pact with nature' at COP15

"Governments are making progress, but not fast enough to prepare a clean text for the arrival of ministers," WCS’s Alfred DeGemmis tells AFP.

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Animals Are Running Out of Places to Live

In Central America, WCS's Jeremy Radachowsky tells The New York Times, illegal cattle ranching drives deforestation on protected state and Indigenous lands.

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The EU must maintain its ambition on biodiversity

For the COP15 biodiversity conference in Montreal to succeed, a massive increase in political commitment is needed, says a piece co-authored by WCS's Janice Weatherley-Singh for Euractiv.

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Governments gather in Canada in bid to boost biodiversity

“It’s really important to put in place a monitoring framework,” WCS's Susan Lieberman tells the AP. “Countries need to report. There needs to be accountability.”

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WCS Wild Audio: The Meeting in Montreal that Could Help Save the Planet

As we look to the start of the meeting in Montreal, WCS Wild Audio spoke with Sue Lieberman, Justina Ray, and Alfred DeGemmis to find out what it all means and gain some insights into what to expect.

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UN Biodiversity Conference CoP15 Could Succeed or Fail—We Are Finding Hope In these 5 Developments

After four years of negotiations on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, it is still not clear if the Parties at CoP15 will adopt the ambitious targets needed to reverse the world’s biodiversity emergency.

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Key Biodiversity Areas


We are urging CBD Parties to ensure that the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF), as adopted by Parties at CBD CoP15.2 in December 2022, does the following:

  1. Establishes a goal of improving ecological integrity by 2030, including by retaining natural, high integrity (or intact) ecosystems. Maintaining and enhancing ecological integrity - or the composition, structure, and function of ecosystems - is essential at national and global scales to achieve biodiversity and sustainable development objectives (read more here).
  2. Sets a meaningful and equitable target to protect and conserve at least 30% of land and ocean areas by 2030. WCS strongly supports an ambitious, evidence-based ‘30x30’ target to protect or conserve at least 30% of our planet’s land and ocean areas by 2030.
  3. Commits Parties to eliminate trade and use of wildlife that presents ecological risks or that endangers human or wildlife health through the potential for pathogen spillover. A mention of One Health approaches, previously supported by Parties in CBD CoP Decisions and other fora, is helpful but not sufficient, given the high and increasing risk of emergent pandemics of zoonotic origin linked to the misuse, degradation, or loss of biodiversity.
  4. Incorporate the monitoring framework and glossary to streamline the GBF “package.” To avoid lengthy, redundant, or inconsistent targets, language should be standardized and simplified to the extent possible across Goals and Targets.

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