Turning point - Global Biodiversity Framework agreed in Montreal

The 15th meeting of the global Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – concluded on the 19 December 2022 in Montreal, Canada with a significant agreement to tackle the urgent nature loss crisis. 196 signatories to the Convention reached an agreement on a new Global Biodiversity Framework that is intended to reduce and halt biodiversity loss by 2030.

Susan Davies, CEO of the Scottish Seabird Centre welcomed the new global agreement saying:

“The Kumning-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework is a significant step towards becoming a nature-positive world where people benefit from land, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems that are effectively protected and sustainably managed.

“The Agreement sets out to galvanise action to tackle the global drivers of biodiversity loss - changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of natural resources; climate change; pollution; and invasive alien species. These threats all put pressure on Scotland’s important marine habitats and wildlife, including Scotland’s internationally important seabird populations, many of which are in steep decline.”

“Delivering the actions, finance, capacity and skills required to halt the loss of nature will require action at all levels from national Government to local communities. We will continue to play our part by providing opportunities for people to connect with, be inspired by and supported to act for nature.”

The Kumning-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework establishes 4 goals and 23 targets that include commitments for marine ecosystems, habitats and wildlife including:

The framework also has a clear focus on addressing over-consumption and promoting sustainable consumption patterns which requires a circular economy approach. It sets out to mobilise through the Global Environment Facility significant additional funding to help developing countries respond to the nature loss challenges.


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