NAIROBI, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Bold policy and legislative frameworks should be combined with robust financing and political commitment to re-invigorate action on biodiversity loss, international campaigners have said.
Speaking at the end of the fourth meeting of the open-ended working group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, on Sunday night, the campaigners said a new and transformative global pact is required to halt the depletion of natural habitats.
Linda Krueger, director of Biodiversity and Infrastructure Policy for The Nature Conservancy, said that securing a landmark framework to guide future efforts to save species is an urgent priority, similar to the war on the climate crisis.
More than 1,000 in-person and virtual delegates, including policymakers, funders, scientists, and campaigners, participated in the June 21-26 negotiations to come up with a decades-long deal to conserve planetary resources convened by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nairobi.
Krueger stressed that a multilateral process that is inclusive, adequately financed, and supported by the political elite is key to ushering in a new dawn for the planet and its resources.
Brian O'Donnell, director of Campaign for Nature, an international green lobby, said there is an urgency for the community of nations to agree on a pragmatic deal to enhance nature protection.
O'Donnell said that the proposal to protect at least 30 percent of land and ocean by 2030 should be at the heart of efforts to chart new dawn for conserving species, realize a resilient and prosperous future for humanity.
Negotiators at the six-day Nairobi meeting sought to refine the draft post-2020 global biodiversity framework ahead of its adoption at the second and final edition of the 15th conference of parties (COP15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity summit slated for Dec. 5-17 in Montreal, Canada.
Lina Barrera, vice president of International Policy at Conservation International, said a landmark global framework to guide the protection of habitats in the coming decade should be backed by financial commitment, ambitious targets, and specific implementation timelines.
Barrera added that the post-2020 global biodiversity framework should prioritize the aspirations of indigenous communities, besides placing water, food, and energy security at the heart of efforts to transform livelihoods.