Halt and reverse biodiversity loss for a nature-positive world
Nature is in crisis, climate change is worsening, human and planetary health are at risk. Record heat waves, droughts and forest fires are increasingly frequent with devastating human and economic consequences, further weakening the ability of governments to cope with the impacts of a global pandemic and the effect of war in Ukraine on supply chains and the global economy.
Immediate action for nature and climate is imperative. This must be the moment we turn things around and save our life support systems.
We already have a global goal for climate that commits all parties to keep to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. We need a similar global goal for nature. One that brings all countries together under a shared ambition to reverse nature loss for the benefit of all people and the planet.
That goal must be to be nature positive by 2030 so that there is more nature in the world in the next decade than there is today. To achieve this, we need to halt and reverse the loss of nature by the end of this decade.
The good news is that we have an unmissable opportunity to set in motion action to reach this goal. The global biodiversity framework, to be agreed by the UN and adopted by all Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in December 2022, is a once-in-a-decade chance for countries to unite behind a common mission to be nature positive by 2030.
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