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Bridging the gap between climate action and biodiversity conservation – Global Issues


Sunrise in the Ebro Delta in the Catalonia region of Spain. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said last month that the watershed had a 40% chance of meeting the global warming mark during the time frame, and that these odds are increasing over time. credit: WMO/Augusti Descaraga Sola
  • opinion by Simone Gallimberti (Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Inter Press Service
  • The following OPED is part of a series of articles to celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June

While the ongoing climate negotiations have finally found relevance not only among policymakers, but also among the public, thanks to new levels of civic mobilization, it is helping to create a new global consciousness about the real dangers of climate change. Helpful, we are at risk of overlooking a similarly important issue that is at the core of the climate challenge.

Fortunately, World Environment Day 2021 couldn’t choose a better theme to remedy here, finally highlighting the relationship between the dangers of the world economy driven by carbon fossils and the emissions from them and the consequences of other types of human activities. is. Biodiversity of the planet.

To emphasize the new sense of urgency, World Environment Day is starting with “Restoring the Ecosystem” as the theme. United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration It will focus on restoring, supporting and enhancing the planet’s diverse habitats in which life forms and species are considered to be at risk of extinction, rather than growing.

Restoring ecosystems should therefore be seen as a rallying cry, a call to action to ensure that it has its share in the broader call for a sustainable future under the banner of the Biodiversity Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Claims proper visibility.

Policymakers are under pressure to come up with bolder and stronger emissions targets at the moment and are encouraging how a global leadership movement to tackle climate change is emerging.

if Petersburg climate talks In what has now become a traditional forum, many other leaders from parts of the world who previously engaged in less climate action are leading the way.

just a few days ago, P4G Seoul Summit 2021 The event was held to demonstrate a renewed commitment of the South Korean government to be a leader in climate action.

Yet, with so much discussion on climate change, the hope is not only that global leaders will muster the foresight and determination to truly pursue their countries’ long-term vision of “getting better”, but also that will be able to. The difference is what separates discussions on climate change from discussions focused on the planet’s endangered biodiversity.

Worryingly enough, public opinion and consequently world leaders have yet to broaden their attention from COP 26 discussions, formalizing another strategic summit held from 11 to 24 October in Kunming to broaden their horizons. explicitly included. 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity.

Unfortunately, the global governance system does not facilitate cross-cutting thematic relationships and so far Edinburgh has received much more attention than Kunming.

Yet, while the same consensus now exists that newly ambitious carbon emissions targets are essential to our survival, there must also be an acknowledgment of the need to raise the level of attention and urgency to biodiversity that is now climate imperative.

9th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity There couldn’t be a better case for such a recognition held in 2019.

“Scientists warn that we are headed for fundamental changes in Earth systems as a result of changes in the biosphere” while stressing that “there are close links between biodiversity and the climate agenda, and it is well understood that There is an increase in temperature by 1.5?C. There will be an impact on biodiversity and ecosystem function and services”.

With such high stakes in sports it’s shocking how much we neglect the importance of Aichi Biodiversity Target that was supported during The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity was held in Nagoya, Japan, 18-29 October 2010

Kunming is even more important because it will assume a position 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework It will be regarded as “a step towards the 2050 vision of living in harmony with nature, where biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and used widely by 2050″. , maintaining a healthy planet and ecosystem services that provide essential benefits for all people”.

The vision of “2050 living in harmony” was agreed in Nagoya, but it urgently needs to be rebooted and that is what Kunming should deliver, a new ambitious agenda capable of going mainstream across the policy spectrum.

Actually, Mainstream One of the biggest issues being discussed in the preparations for the Kunming summit.

In regional consultation In the Workshop on the Global Biodiversity Framework for Asia and the Pacific after 2020, participants highlighted the missing links between work in the areas of biodiversity, climate change and the overall SDG framework.

“With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there is a need to consider how future biodiversity targets will relate to or complement the Sustainable Development Goals. Similarly, the need to link future biodiversity targets to the climate change agenda was also noted”, states the workshop report.

Luckily, we have some good news.

In the last official review of the Aichi Biodiversity Goals, protected planet reportGood progress has been made in conserving land and oceans, but “one-third of key biodiversity areas lack any coverage, and less than 8% of land is protected and connected”.

Furthermore, the overall “quality” of such protected areas remains a question that must be addressed urgently, a concern that Neville Ashe has thoroughly highlighted with UNEP:

There is an interesting although very vague relationship between efforts on biodiversity and climate action “the importance of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation” and this is a vast area open to global brainstorming and thought process, which Reimagines different, greater biodiversity. Permanent living setting.

These days third session The Supporting Body on the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SBI-3) is taking place virtually in order to make the next Biodiversity Framework more effective, more streamlined and better relevant to the ongoing discussions around climate change.

We need to create a new narrative about biodiversity because at the end of the day it is a different side of the same coin and policy makers should be educated on the strong link between climate change and biodiversity loss.

It should come as no surprise that the resources required for such a “coupling” approach are going to be enormous. According to Finance position for nature The report, released on 27 May, calls for nature investments totaling USD 8.1 trillion between now and 2050, making a much-needed contribution to linking the two areas of biodiversity and climate.

As you can see this year World Environment Day is like no other.

There are two questions this day should help reflect on: Will the celebrations ensure that the UN’s new decade on ecosystem restoration is going to align with climate change discussions and Agenda 2030?

And will it help to create a new sense of awareness and urgency that tackling climate change requires the conservation and expansion of our wealth expressed in biodiversity and, at the same time, vast resources?

Answering these two questions correctly will determine whether humans will truly succeed in the coming decades.

The author is the co-founder of Engage, a not-for-profit based in Nepal. He writes on volunteerism, social inclusion, youth development and regional integration as engines of improving people’s lives. he can be reached here [email protected]

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