The COP15 UN biodiversity summit, that took place in Montreal, Canada, has come to an historic agreement, taking much needed steps towards safeguarding biodiversity by 2030 under the new post-2020 Global biodiversity framework.A total of 23 targets have been set, replacing the 2010 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The agreement focuses on maintaining, enhancing and restoring ecosystems, including halting species extinction and maintaining genetic diversity; ensuring the sustainable use of biodiversity; ensuring that the benefits from natural resources are shared and that indigenous peoples’ rights are protected; and that resources are invested into biodiversity and its protection. It is intended that 30% of world’s land, inland waters, coastal areas and oceans be protected and 30% of degraded land be restored by 2030. The deal also includes increased financing for developing country, with it rising to 30 billion dollars.Goals have been set to put nature on a path to recovery by the end of the decade, with 196 signatories World leaders have committed to taking urgent action to tackle the challenge of the planet’s collapsing biodiversity.
This new agreement gives us all a starting point to focus on from now until the end of the decade, with opportunities for us, as institutions or as part of our community, to contribute towards global efforts.