WWF calls for an ambitious and consensual framework to halt biodiversity loss

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This file photo shows Marco Lambertini, Managing Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International, delivers a speech via video at the opening ceremony of the Ecological Civilization Forum of the first part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Oct. 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

The international community should agree on a transformative new framework to strengthen biodiversity conservation in light of threats fueled by human actions and the climate crisis, senior World Wildlife Fund officials said on Sunday. (WWF).

Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, stressed that a global consensus was urgently needed to facilitate the establishment of a historic pact to reinvigorate species protection and accelerate the positive growth of nature.

“We need a science-based, ambitious and measurable framework to reverse habitat loss and put us on the path to carbon neutrality,” Lambertini said during a briefing on the sidelines of the task force’s fourth meeting. open-ended on the post. -Global Biodiversity Framework 2020 underway in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

The Nairobi meeting, according to Lambertini, should rise above partisan interests to agree on text that could open a new chapter in global efforts to reverse the unprecedented loss of species.

He noted that biodiversity loss had not only created an ecological crisis, but had exacerbated poverty, food insecurity, water scarcity and deteriorating health outcomes for grassroots communities.

Convened by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the June 21-26 meeting in Nairobi is finalizing the final draft of a global framework to rethink species conservation over the next decade.

The post-2020 global biodiversity framework is expected to be adopted during the second and final part of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) at the meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity scheduled for December 5-17 in Montreal, in Canada.

Lin Li, director of global policy and advocacy at WWF International, said governments, industry and civil society organizations should settle for a consensual, ambitious and adequately resourced framework at the meeting. of Nairobi to heal the planet, stimulate inclusive and green growth.

According to Lin, the community of nations had the opportunity by December to agree on a new path to conserving natural habitats as a way to achieve their net zero goals.

Lin called for political commitment, financial mobilization and strong multi-stakeholder engagement to accelerate the implementation of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Tackling key drivers of species loss, including harmful agricultural practices, pollution and unsustainable production and consumption, should inform the establishment of the decade-long global biodiversity framework, said Guido Broekhoven , head of policy, research and development at WWF International.

Additionally, the framework should advance the reorientation of economic models to ensure they were positive for nature in addition to building the climate resilience of local custodians of biodiversity hotspots, Broekhoven added.


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