A senior UN official said ahead of a new round of global biodiversity talks that the global community should invest more and increase the scale and momentum of its commitments to protect nature and prevent the loss of wildlife.
The first part of the twice-postponed “COP15” biodiversity talks begins on Monday in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, with the aim of building momentum for an ambitious post-2020 deal aimed at reversing decades of human encroachment and climate change.
UN Convention on Biological Diversity David Cooper, the conference’s deputy executive secretary, said ministers attending virtual meetings this week should show greater ambition and give negotiators “clear political direction.” Next year.
Environmental groups say there is no time to lose on habitat conservation and reduction of extinction rates, especially after any government fails to meet the 2020 biodiversity goals agreed upon in Japan’s Ichigo decade ago. However, Cooper said the emergency was still not enough.
“Currently, most countries are providing more financial subsidies for measures to eradicate biodiversity.
The United Nations wants to guarantee 30% of their land security by 2030, a pledge already accepted by the United States and others. Despite implementing the “Environmental Protection Red Line” system, China has not yet made its commitment, which has already reached 25 percent of the land to developers.
Cooper told reporters that it was important for all nations to protect their ecosystems, but that it would not be enough to repair the loss of biodiversity and that more commitment was needed to manage the other 70 percent.
He said the global epidemic had put a new urgency on biodiversity conservation, but warned that it was not yet reflected “in business as usual” after the post-Govt-19 stimulus measures.
“We need to make sure … (stimulation) does not add to the problem other than strengthening biodiversity,” he said. “Globally, if you look around, trigger packages make things worse than they should be.”
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