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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
Moderator: Stephen Sautner, Executive Director, WCS Communications
Dr. Susan Lieberman, WCS VP of International Policy
Dr. Justina Ray, President and Senior Scientist for WCS Canada
Alfred DeGemmis, WCS Associate Director of International Policy
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
What does 30x30 mean?
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