Agreement Has The Goal Of Stopping The Loss Of Biodiversity
The world must negotiate a new agreement for nature over the next two years, where humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the UN biodiversity chief. If the EU is to succeed in the common fight against climate change and the collapse of biodiversity, it must look at the main drivers of ecological disintegration. The EU Green Agreement is an important step in the right direction. It is still in strategic planning phases, to which the foreign policy sector must contribute proactively and constructively. Some areas already require more attention and priority. Habitat destruction is one of the main causes of species loss. Credit: Robin Moore/National Geographic Biodiversity verlust on two levels. First, plant and animal species are dying out at an unprecedented rate, far exceeding the natural historical rate (although there is some uncertainty, since only 1.75 million species out of 14 million estimated species have been scientifically described). It is clear that we will fail or we will not be able to achieve all of Aichi`s goals. The reasons for these failures are now known and we are incorporating these lessons into the design of the global biodiversity framework.
Contrary to previous objectives, the main difference this time is that all stakeholders, including youth, business and aboriginal groups, have contributed to different iterations of the project. Participants then agreed on a « Fireside Chat » roundtable, moderated by UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner, who stressed that biodiversity has as much to do with nature as it does with humans: man`s dependence on nature, the inability to see the complexity of nature, blindness, and the value of ecosystem services. Indigenous peoples, conservationists and environmentalists have long warned that today`s societies could become « librarians » without better protection of nature. He said it was remarkable that, for the first time since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development – or « Earth Summit, » biodiversity has been at the centre of the global debate that brings together more than 100 countries in today`s discussions. He asked the three participants about their views on what science reveals about efforts to achieve sustainable development goals, the levers to be leveraged to achieve the goals, and solutions to the enormous challenges ahead. MERKEL said environmental degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss were intensifying at an unprecedented rate and posed a threat to quality of life, economies and social cohesion. « We have no choice but to take or strengthen sustainable and effective measures to protect our vital natural resources, » she said, highlighting some of Germany`s initiatives. « We can`t afford to ignore it or waste more time. It is true that we face immense challenges. But they will get bigger and bigger if we don`t address them.