The population sizes of wildlife have dropped by an average of 69% since 1970. We’ve lost half of our planet’s topsoil, and lose forest areas the size of 27 football fields every minute. And the nature crisis doesn’t end on land. 14 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. Half of our world's corals have been destroyed, and nearly a third of all monitored global fish stocks are now overfished.
This December, the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity’s 15th Conference of the Parties - aka the UN CBD COP 15 - is taking place in Montreal, Canada. Here’s what you need to know, what’s at stake, and why you should care.
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To sum it up, the CBD’s COP - or the Biodiversity COP - determines global efforts for nature in the years ahead.
But this year, at COP 15, the stakes are higher than ever - we have a once-in-a-decade chance to heal our broken relationship with nature. We don’t have many opportunities like these left and we must capitalize on this unmissable moment to make history and safeguard our future.
At the UN CBD COP 15, world leaders and decision-makers will have the opportunity to approve a historic global plan for protecting and restoring nature in the coming decade. This global plan - known as the global biodiversity framework (GBF) - will give us a chance at reversing nature loss by 2030.
Tackling an issue as big and as urgent as nature loss requires change across all areas of society. Just like how the Paris Agreement of 2015 united the world against the climate crisis, the global biodiversity framework (GBF) has the power to spark this very change, setting in motion a wave of action and awareness for nature on a global scale. Approving the GBF is the crucial first step we need to heal our broken relationship with nature and put us on the road to recovery.
Nature is already in a state of emergency and time is running out. Unless we act now and commit to reversing nature loss by the end of the decade, we risk even greater (and potentially irreversible) harm to our planet, and us.
We are already facing:
We need world leaders to approve this ambitious global plan for nature - the global biodiversity framework (GBF) - and ensure that it is science-based, comprehensive, and benefiting for all. It must spark immediate action on the ground and reverse nature loss, securing a nature-positive world by 2030. That would mean we end this decade with more nature, not less. To do this, the GBF must fully recognize the rights and roles of Indigenous People and local communities as well as ignite change across all areas of society.
To learn more about what WWF believes will make a successful global biodiversity framework, visit this page.
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