COP15 Montreal: 3 days of ministerial talks on Post-2020 GBF end pale - DTE - 20/12/22

Will biodiversity see a ‘Paris moment,’ remains a question, as the COP15 to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada, ended with limited success.

-At COP 15, the members were supposed to provide political direction and momentum to the final stages of the negotiations on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).
-GBF is a new draft of the UN CBD to lead actions worldwide through 2030, to avoid biodiversity loss and preserve the environment.
-Its suggested goals include lowering pesticide use by at least two-thirds and eliminating the most harmful subsidies, such as those for fisheries and agriculture.
-The GBF’s 30×30 objective is to safeguard at least 30% of the earth, particularly places of importance – land and water – for biodiversity, by 2030.

->Some of the key areas agreed upon at the COP15:
i. Conservation, protection and restoration
ii. Money for nature
iii. Big companies report impacts on biodiversity
iv. Pollution and pesticides
v. Monitoring and reporting progress

-The text provides no quantifiable target.
-On pesticides, the text missed highlighting the reduction target and other forms of pest management.
-Some observers objected to the lack of a deadline for countries to submit national plans.

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