The survival of Europe depends on healthy ecosystems, resilient to climate change. As part of the EU’s 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, EU countries have committed to legally protect a minimum of 30% of the EU’s land and sea areas; a third of these are to be strictly protected, in other words, totally undisturbed by human activity.
Running two days into overtime, COP27 has largely failed to live up to its billing as ‘the implementation COP’. While agreement on a fund to compensate developing countries for losses and damages due to climate change was a true breakthrough, as well as the hard-fought recognition of the right to a healthy environment making the final text, much else fell short, including on increasing climate action commitments to ‘keep 1.5 alive’, and strengthening nature-climate linkages.
This week, governments will descend on Panama City for another Conference of the Parties (CoP) to an international agreement, this time to take key decisions to make sure the international trade of animals and plants doesn’t threaten their survival. BirdLife will be in attendance to use our extensive knowledge and experience in conservation to help guide these decisions.
Halting and reversing global biodiversity loss has never been as urgent as now. Ecosystems support all life on earth and the healthier they are, the healthier we and our planet are. It’s time to restore nature, and we at BirdLife believe the most effective way to do so is through a local to global approach.
Local communities know their forests better than anyone, and nothing can replace their expertise in forest conservation. As the Forest Governance Project demonstrates, when given the opportunity they can create a better future for themselves and nature.