UN publishes first draft of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

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A post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is to be adopted when the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity takes place in October 2021. Building on the UN’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the new framework will respond to the ongoing biodiversity decline and aims to transform society’s relationship with biodiversity and to achieve a shared vision of living in harmony with nature by 2050.

The framework recognises the role of forestry in stabilising biodiversity. Sustainability in forestry and agriculture features in the second action target, referencing conservation work and the sustainable use of biodiversity and increasing the productivity and resilience of these industries.

The ambitious plan includes four long-term goals, each with a number of corresponding milestones to assess, in 2030, progress towards the 2050 goals.

Goal A

The integrity of all ecosystems is enhanced, with an increase of at least 15 per cent in the area, connectivity and integrity of natural ecosystems, supporting healthy and resilient populations of all species, the rate of extinctions has been reduced at least tenfold, and the risk of species extinctions across all taxonomic and functional groups, is halved, and genetic diversity of wild and domesticated species is safeguarded, with at least 90% of genetic diversity within all species maintained.

Goal B

Nature’s contributions to people are valued, maintained or enhanced through conservation and sustainable use supporting the global development agenda for the benefit of all.

Goal C

The benefits from the utilisation of genetic resources are shared fairly and equitably, with a substantial increase in both monetary and non-monetary benefits shared, including for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Goal D

The gap between available financial and other means of implementation, and those necessary to achieve the 2050 Vision, is closed.


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