Presented by IUCN WCEL and The Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training:
Ecosystems and their biodiversity are the key to life on the planet. Biodiversity has become a major issue in international relations. The need to ensure global food security and the development of biotechnology have transformed biodiversity into an economic resource. But the resources needed to exploit it are unevenly distributed.
The Global Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published in 2019 showed for the first time that human activity was responsible for the erosion of 75% of terrestrial ecosystems.
Experts have been warning for decades, and even more recently, that habitat fragmentation and human contact with wild animals increase the risk of disease in human populations. These threats to biodiversity and its natural habitats, by bringing species closer together, favor the emergence of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 or Ebola, which has wreaked havoc in Africa.
The 15th COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Montreal from 7 to 19 December 2022, concluded with the adoption of a global framework for biodiversity for the post-2020 period: the Kunming-Montreal Agreement.
What can we learn from this COP? Will the agreement allow us to halt biodiversity loss and support transformative change? What support mechanisms and technical means will be used to implement and monitor commitments? What role do the different actors, including the general public, and the legal community play?
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Wednesday 8 February - 3pm - 5:30 pm CET