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COP15: Bringing nature to the business agenda

  • Publish Date: Posted over 1 year ago
  • Author:by Lester Lockyer

​With agreement to protect a third of the planet for nature by 2030, to safeguard biodiversity, targets for protecting vital ecosystems like rainforests and wetlands and the rights of indigenous peoples are key to success. COP15 delivered a ‘historic agreement’ to give people hope for real progress in halting biodiversity loss across the globe.

With the BBC reportingthe main points as:

  • Maintaining, enhancing and restoring ecosystems, including halting species extinction and maintaining genetic diversity

  • "Sustainable use" of biodiversity - essentially ensuring that species and habitats can provide the services they provide for humanity, such as food and clean water

  • Ensuring that the benefits of resources from nature, like medicines that come from plants, are shared fairly and equally and that indigenous peoples' rights are protected

  • Paying for and putting resources into biodiversity: Ensuring that money and conservation efforts get to where they are needed.

  • "It is truly a moment that will mark history as Paris did for climate," Canada's Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault told reporters. The Paris climate deal saw nations agreeing in 2015 to keep world temperature rise below 2C.

Nature is firmly on the agenda to deliver a path to recovery, despite some division on how ambitious the targets are and how they might be financed.

If we’re to protect all of Earth's living things, and its complex connections, to sustain the planet, then organisations (combined with government and communities) need to align their objectives to deliver the Montreal deal. Setting clear goals and having the right staff in place will help make that happen.

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