UN CBD releases new Global Biodiversity Framework for managing nature

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat on Monday released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework to guide actions globally through 2030 to preserve and protect nature. The framework, released on Monday, favours a 50 percent of greater reduction in the rate of introduction of invasive alien species, and controls or eradication of such species to eliminate or reduce their impacts.

The framework reportedly includes 21 targets for 2030 that call for, among other things, at least 30 percent of land and sea areas global, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and its contributions to people, conserved through effective, equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.

Reducing nutrients lost to the environment by at least half, and pesticides by at least two thirds, and eliminating the discharge of plastic waste. It calls for nature-based contributions to global climate change mitigation efforts of at least 10 GtCO2e per year, and that all mitigation and adaptation efforts avoid negative impacts on biodiversity. Biodiversity and its advantages are fundamental to human well-being and a healthy planet. In spite of ongoing efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide, and this decline is projected to continue or worsen under business-as-usual scenarios, according to the news release by the CBD Secretariat.

 

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