The sheer rate of destruction of nature we are seeing worldwide needs urgent and ambitious action to give humanity a chance of survival. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) aims to secure a world where we live in harmony with nature by 2050.

With this in mind, we need clear goals and targets to show that countries are on track to achieve this vision. Conserving nature is one such target.

WWF supports the inclusion of a target to conserve at least 30% of the world’s land, freshwater, and oceans by 2030 in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted in Montreal, Canada, in 2022, providing it is underlined by a rights-based approach. This target, otherwise known as ‘30 by 30’, must give attention to the quality of conservation outcomes by ensuring ecological representativeness, connectivity, effective management, and equitable governance. It also needs to go hand-in-hand with other actions for nature conservation, recognizing it is only one part of a comprehensive approach to land use and is central to ensure the full respect and recognition of the rights, knowledge and leadership of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Alongside sustainable management of the remaining 70% of land and waters, a 30 by 30 target can contribute to achieving a nature-positive future.

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