EU Commission seeks world coalition to guard biodiversity

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On the event of the World Wildlife Day, the European Commission reiterated its invitation on March three to all world establishments to boost their voices to construct the momentum for nature and assist persuade extra governments to be formidable on the essential Fifteenth assembly of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CoP 15) later this 12 months.

“Humanity is destroying nature at an unprecedented rate, and we risk losing nearly 1 million species,” Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans mentioned. “This is a direct threat to our own health and wellbeing, as we are fully dependent on the planet’s rich web of life. We must urgently restore balance in our relationship with nature and reverse biodiversity loss. Action starts with awareness and the work done via coalitions like ‘United for Biodiversity’ is crucial to help put our natural environment on the path to recovery,” he added.

Exactly a 12 months because the Commission launched its Global Coalition “United for Biodiversity”, greater than 200 establishments worldwide – nationwide parks, analysis centres and universities, science and pure historical past museums, aquariums, botanic gardens and zoos – have already joined forces to deal with the biodiversity disaster.

The Commission has additionally joined the intergovernmental High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, launched on the One Planet Summit in January this 12 months, actively supporting the aim to preserve not less than 30% of land and sea by 2030.

For his half Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius known as for bringing aboard extra companions worldwide and known as upon nations to affix the High Ambition Coalition CoP 15 nears.

Since its launch on the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco precisely one 12 months in the past, 205 establishments from 47 nations have endorsed the coalition’s widespread pledge, calling on all – from enterprise to municipalities, residents to governments – to behave, the Commission mentioned, aiming to extend the variety of collaborating organisations to greater than 500.

With their collections, training and conservation programmes, these establishments forming a part of the worldwide coalition are necessary ambassadors to boost public consciousness in regards to the dramatic results of the present biodiversity disaster, the Commission mentioned. In Europe, companions embrace establishments resembling: the Natural History Museums of Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Madrid , the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve in Romania and Lake Kerkini nationwide park in Greece, the Botanical Gardens of Porto, Roma and Copenhagen, and dozens of zoos and aquariums throughout the EU, from Dublin to Riga, Barcelona to Odense and Stuttgart to Beauval. Following many requests from the analysis neighborhood, the coalition was additionally opened to analysis centres and universities, the University of Bergen in Norway being the very first to affix.

On different continents, the primary members embrace the Gorongosa nationwide park in Mozambique and the 19 reserves managed in 11 nations by African Parks, Puerto Rico Science Museum, São Paulo Zoo in Brazil, Central Park Zoo within the USA, the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia and the Cape Town Aquarium in South Africa.

The coalition can be supported by 36 organisations together with world, European and nationwide associations of zoos, aquariums and botanic gardens, museums’ associations, analysis organisations, native authorities associations, conservation societies and NGOs.

The European Commission adopted final 12 months underneath the European Green Deal its EU Biodiversity Strategy, which goals to place Europe’s biodiversity on a path to restoration by 2030. It commits to establishing a bigger EU-wide community of successfully managed protected areas overlaying 30% of land and 30% of sea, with one third of this space strictly protected. The Commission is at present engaged on steerage standards for the institution of these areas. The Strategy additionally expressed the Commission’s dedication to mobilise all instruments of exterior motion and worldwide partnerships to assist develop an formidable new UN Global Biodiversity Framework. The Commission mentioned will probably be following up on its Biodiversity Strategy with many actions and initiatives. This will embrace an EU Forest Strategy, an EU Soil Strategy, an Action Plan in opposition to wildlife trafficking, in addition to legally binding nature restoration targets.