Dec 19, 2022
By Jane Brown
There is good news to share from Montreal, where negotiators at the COP15 talks have finalized an agreement to stop and reverse the destruction to nature by 2030.
An announcement issued early Monday says the gathering nations at the bio-diversity summit have agreed to four goals and 23 targets.
The goals include protecting 30-percent of the world’s land, water and marine areas by 2030 as well as the mobilization by 2030 of at least $200-billion a year in domestic and international biodiversity-related funding from all sources, both public and private.
“Together we take a bold step forward to protect nature, to protect the air that we breathe, the water that we drink,” declared Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.
The new agreement is titled the Kunming-Montreal Global biodiversity framework, after the official host cities in China and Canada.
The United Nations says three-quarters of the world’s land has been altered by human activities and one-million species face extinction this century as a result.