Conservation International Statement on Geneva Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Negotiations
March 29, 2022
Higher ambition, more financing needed to reach Nature-Positive World by 2030
Geneva, Switzerland (March 29, 2022) – Today, Conservation International’s Vice President of International Policy Lina Barrera, issued the below statement following the close of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework negotiations in Geneva.
The session was meant to advance negotiations on the goals and targets in the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) that will be adopted at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15), scheduled to take place in Kunming, China later this year. However, an additional negotiation session will take place June 21-26, in Nairobi.
Once agreed, the framework will serve as a road map guiding global action for the next decade – the period in which we must slow global warming and decrease loss of species and ecosystems that we rely on for human wellbeing.
“The world is closer to a final consensus on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), however, we are concerned at the slow movement and limited ambition in the current draft. In the time between now and Kunming, we need to focus on the big picture – securing an ambitious agreement and the resources needed to make it happen.
“This framework was supposed to be adopted in 2020. Due to necessary pandemic delays we are two years behind schedule. There is no time for incremental action. But there is hope. Despite delays, there have been several important points of consensus. All countries have acknowledged the need to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. Now, we must agree how to reach that goal. If the world can rally around a nature-positive goal and focus our collective attention on the places most important for our survival and the survival of all species, we can flip the script from nature loss to nature gain this decade.
“From our perspective, there are three key areas that need to be strengthened between now and Kunming. These include ensured access to funding and recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities, commitment to close the $700bn a year biodiversity finance gap, and prioritization of action in the places most important for providing life-sustaining ecosystem services – water, food, and climate security. Prioritizing these places will help solve multiple environmental crises at once.
“The final Global Biodiversity Framework can do for biodiversity and nature loss what the Paris Climate Agreement aims to do for global warming, but only with the inclusion of measurable, science-based goals that will move us all – business, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples and local communities – toward a nature-positive world.
“The world needs a transformational agreement in Kunming. This will require a much higher level of political leadership than what we have seen so far to build momentum and bring countries together to find solutions.”
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