We did it – COP15 secured a landmark win for biodiversity.

After a long and bumpy road, the global biodiversity conference, COP15, has secured a global framework to save nature. It’s brilliant news, and a huge achievement. Now – we need to start work to turn the tide.

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A bright new path forward

The conference was jam packed with negotiations and events, many attended by our delegates. Finally, in the early hours of December 19th 2022, the world came together to adopt a global framework for nature’s recovery, known as the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.    

This is fantastic news. Earth’s irreplaceable biodiversity and the impact of its loss is being taken seriously. Now, with this framework in place, we can start work to turn the tide - to save and restore our life-giving wildlife and call time on biodiversity loss.   

So, what’s the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework?

The guiding star of the framework is a mission to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030. It’s a commitment to take urgent action to halt extinctions, recover populations, and protect and restore ecosystems by the end of the decade. This goes above and beyond the ambition of the previous targets and recognises the urgent need to stop things getting worse – but importantly – also to push for recovery. It’s a landmark moment.  

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What does it look like?

Some of the key goals and targets of the framework include: 

  • Species: They’ve put commitments in place to take urgent action to significantly reduce extinction risk by 2030. This is on top of goals to tackle extinction risk and recover species abundance by 2050. We’re disappointed that these commitments aren’t more concrete, but the framework makes species recovery a clear pillar of the framework.  
  • Ecosystems: A target to effectively conserve and manage 30% of marine areas. As well as a target to restore at least 30% of degraded ecosystems.
  • Finance: The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework committed to increase funding and to develop a new fund to support the framework. While we still have a long way to go to close the biodiversity finance gap, these commitments are a significant step in the right direction. 

No international framework will ever be perfect, but it’s a critical foundation to give strong hope that if we implement these commitments, we can seriously tackle biodiversity loss. It has the power to set us on the right path. You can dive a little deeper into the framework here.

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A landmark moment to celebrate

This is a brilliant outcome and a strong base to create real action for nature. Throughout this journey, your support has been crucial. Now, together, we need to make these targets a reality. It’s a huge task, but together we can make it happen. 

With this framework in place, we can push towards real action at home. Actions that fill our world with noise, colour, and life. Because we’ll need nature on our side in the next decade. And it will need us too. 

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