Posted on 13 June 2021
WWF welcomes the G7 leaders' commitment to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, the Nature Compact, which builds on the Leaders' Pledge for Nature endorsed by 89 world leaders. We urge these leaders to take concrete steps to translate it into actions including to achieve a nature positive economy, tackle deforestation and address the illegal wildlife trade. Resetting our destructive relationship with nature is essential to both reducing our vulnerability to pandemics and addressing the climate crisis.
A global target to conserve or protect at least 30% of land and oceans by 2030 is vital to safeguarding the planet's biodiversity. WWF notes it must be achieved through a rights-based approach, with indigenous peoples and local communities at the core, and will only be successful in achieving a nature-positive world if accompanied by effective action on the drivers of nature loss and comprehensive finance.
The adoption of the Nature Compact by G7 Leaders comes at a crucial time when technical discussions by government negotiators over the past six weeks on a new global biodiversity agreement have resulted in virtually no progress and are inconsistent with the aspirations of these Presidents and Prime Ministers. It will now be critical that leaders continue momentum for nature by urgently moving from words to action, including by adopting an ambitious and transformational global biodiversity agreement at the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 in Kunming China and increasing action on nature in their national climate plans.
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