The year 2020 has been designated a “super year for nature”, when the global community will rededicate itself to halting biodiversity loss with a 10-year action agenda, scheduled for agreement at the conference of the parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in Kunming in China in October. On 13 January we published an initial “zero” draft of an action framework, which will be considered at negotiations being held in Rome from 24 February. This first draft is based on extensive consultations, advice from governments, scientists, indigenous peoples, NGOs and others, gathered through dozens of meetings and hundreds of written submissions. It was also developed directly in response to the landmark 2019 global assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which warned of a million plant and animal species threatened by extinction. Other elements that helped shape this draft include: A global population of 7.6 billion today, expected to reach 8.6 billion by 2030 and 9.8 billion by 2050, with 68% of us living in urban areas. Recognition of the direct links between climate change and biodiversity loss: we need to address both in order to maintain nature and our wellbeing. We must also… Read full this story
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