By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
One hundred ninety-six governments have agreed to scale up investments in nature and people towards 2020 to reverse the global destruction of nature and biodiversity loss.
In the recent United Nations (UN) Biodiversity 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) in Egypt, governments agreed to accelerate action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, agreed in 2010, from now until 2020.
Work to achieve these targets will take place at the global, regional, national and subnational levels.
The meeting led to an agreement on a comprehensive and participatory process for developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework anticipated to be agreed upon at the next Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Beijing in 2020.
The framework is aimed at safeguarding nature and biodiversity for decades to come.
“Nature is dynamic and interrelated—and so must be our response. We must move from the very real incremental change that we have created to a model that continues to push incremental wins while also fundamentally reaching for transformational change. As this COP shows, we have already begun this journey,” said Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, UN Convention on Biological Diversity Executive Secretary.