The Paris Agreement sets out the targets and progress reports to fight against climate change. Activists at COP27 have called for those in attendance to consider creating a similar agreement in order to protect our biodiversity, reduce its loss and prevent further land degradation.
Currently, there is a treaty to protect biodiversity, known as the Convention on Biological Diversity or CBD. The treaty has three aims which are as follows:
- The conservation of biological diversity
- The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
- The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources
There are many people, including experts, environmentalists and campaigners that have called for something more robust, as they have claimed that the treaty is not doing enough to protect our planet’s biodiversity. They are currently campaigning for a new framework that will be set out to conserve our biodiversity that will have targets and reports that reflect NDCs.
New goals and guides should be negotiated regarding biodiversity and its protection in December (2022) as governments are encouraged to attend the UN’s Biodiversity Conference COP15 in Montreal, Canada.
Governments around the world are being encouraged to attend the event, as fighting climate change and protecting our biodiversity are equally important.
The Director General of World Wildlife Fund International, Marco Lambertini, stated that:
“Climate change and nature loss are not only part of the same challenge. They are interconnected and reinforcing each other. They are equal dangers to the future.”