COP15 targets and delivery

Inside COP15

Over 200 countries at #COP15 in Montreal have agreed a new deal to tackle the extremes of #biodiversity loss up to 2030. So what happens next?

The draft Kunming-Montreal Global biodiversity framework is here.

Whilst this is a historic deal it’s not without substantial compromise, its also not politically binding, and leaves much of the detail to be delivered by individual countries and governments – it really is down to all of us to consider how best to play our role in delivering against the 23 targets set out in the agreement.

Of particular interest to us at the National Park City Foundation is Target 12 which focuses on biodiversity within cities and urban areas:

TARGET 12: Significantly increase the area and quality and connectivity of, access to, and benefits from green and blue spaces in urban and densely populated areas sustainably, by mainstreaming the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and ensure biodiversity-inclusive urban planning, enhancing native biodiversity, ecological connectivity and integrity, and improving human health and well-being and connection to nature and contributing to inclusive and sustainable urbanization and the provision of ecosystem functions and services.”

This is core to the mission of National Park Cities, and it’s especially relevant when considering the final section of the agreement:

Section K, Communication, education, awareness and uptake

Enhancing communication, education, and awareness on biodiversity and the uptake of this framework by all actors is essential to achieve its effective implementation and behavioural change, promote sustainable lifestyles and biodiversity values”

This clearly frames the next task as one of raising awareness, communication, education and mainstreaming understanding of biodiversity loss, its importance and critically what we can do as citizens and communities to help in cities – to hopefully make our cities greener, healthier and wilder.

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