UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)

COP15: Nations adopt four goals, 23 targets for 2030 in landmark UN biodiversity agreement

From the 7th to the 19th of December 2022, representatives from 188 governments attended the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, Canada.

The summit led to a binding agreement on “Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework” (GBF), including four overarching goals and 23 targets for achievement by 2030.

The BioValue project perfectly fits in with the proposed framework, which stresses the importance of spatial planning, environmental assessment, and financial instruments.

Some of the relevant Targets for BioValue are:

  • Ensure that all areas are under participatory integrated biodiversity inclusive spatial planning and/or effective management processes addressing land and sea use change, to bring the loss of areas of high biodiversity importance, including ecosystems of high ecological integrity, close to zero by 2030, while respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities;
  • Ensure the full integration of biodiversity and its multiple values into policies, regulations, planning and development processes, poverty eradication strategies, strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments and, as appropriate, national accounting, within and across all levels of government and across all sectors;
  • Substantially and progressively increase the level of financial resources from all sources, in an effective, timely and easily accessible manner, including domestic, international, public and private resources;
  • Ensure that the best available data, information and knowledge, are accessible to decision-makers, practitioners and the public to guide effective and equitable governance, integrated and participatory management of biodiversity, and to strengthen communication, awareness-raising, education, monitoring, research and knowledge management.

Read more on Spotlight on nature and biodiversity | UNEP – UN Environment Programme

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