Conservation International Statement on Rome Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Negotiations

February 29, 2020

Rome, Italy (February 29, 2020) – Today Conservation International’s Vice President of International Policy Lina Barrera and Senior Manager of Sustainable Development Policy Colleen Corrigan issued the below statement following negotiations at the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The final framework will include goals and targets that will serve as a road map guiding global conservation efforts for the next 10 years – the period in which we must slow global warming and halt the loss of species and ecosystems that we rely on for human wellbeing.

Parties to the Convention will continue negotiations in Montreal in late May and in Cali, Colombia, in late July, ahead of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held this October in Kunming, China.

“Conservation International appreciates the valuable discussion this week that allowed Parties to share their views on the proposed Mission, Goals and Targets. However, we are concerned that Parties are still quite far from narrowing their discussion to the point of agreement and the time to get to agreement is short.

Additionally, we are concerned that the current discussions lack the level of ambition required to address global biodiversity challenges. We urge Parties to take historic action on measures that will safeguard areas delivering key ecosystem services that contribute benefits to people around food, water and climate alongside areas essential for species conservation, including through the long-term conservation of at least 30% of land area which could cut expected species loss in half. It is equally important to conserve 30% of sea area, where other rich and vital ecosystems thrive and contribute to the functioning of the planet.

It is also essential that the final targets include actions to address the underlying drivers of our current ecological crisis while recognizing and enabling the leadership of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, women and youth.

Solving the global biodiversity crisis will take a commitment by us all as we move forward through this super year for nature. Establishing simple, distinct yet transformative goals and targets for the framework are a good first step. Global dialogue will then have to focus on where and how these goals should be met. Conservation International looks forward to these continued negotiations. Our range of policy experts, scientists and conservationists are committed to providing policy recommendations and research as we collectively aim to slow and reverse current rates of biodiversity loss on Earth.”

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