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Australia and more than 100 other countries have pledged to work toward a post 2020 global deal for nature that aims to reverse losses of biodiversity.

The environment minister,

Sussan Ley, signed the

Kunming Declaration overnight, which is something of a statement of intent by countries as they work towards a major new agreement for nature.

The talks are happening as part of a United Nations conference - known as Cop15 or “the other Cop” - as part of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

It doesn’t get nearly the same level of attention as global climate talks but these are the most significant nature talks in a decade.

Countries are negotiating a new framework to try to halt the decline of ecosystems worldwide and put nature on the path to recovery by 2030.

After this week’s virtual meeting, there will be further meetings in the new year before countries meet in Kunming in China in April 2022 to hopefully reach a new agreement.

The Kunming Declaration signed overnight is basically a signal that countries hope to reach a significant deal. It calls for “urgent and significant action” across all sectors of the economy and society to preserve nature and use it sustainably.

It pledges countries to increase the area of protected land and sea and ensure that nature is factored into policy and economic decision making.

Countries have not yet signed on to any targets but it is hoped the final deal will see countries agree to protecting 30% of land and of sea areas globally.

Australia supports the global target but has not said if it will make such a commitment domestically.

Ley:

As one of only seventeen ‘megadiverse’ countries in the world, and the only megadiverse developed country that is a party to the CBD, Australia understands the value of biodiversity with our unique native plants, animals and landscapes central to our national identity.

Australia is well placed to make a substantial contribution to a global target and will work with other nations to see it adopted as part of a Global Biodiversity Framework in 2022.

The greens environment spokeswoman

Sarah-Hanson Young has called on the government to commit to a domestic target.

Australia’s environment minister needs to commit to protecting 30% of land and 30% of sea by 2030 - in this country. The minister is spinning the government’s commitment to a global target trying to cover up her failure to make a specific commitment for Australia.

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/oct/14/australia-covid-new-south-wales-victoria-act-lockdown-coronavirus-andrews-perrottet-morrison-vaccine-sydney-melbourne?page=with:block-6167ac3b8f08880f7f055b08

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