UN biodiversity plan not ambitious enough, warn campaigners

EU environmental groups have said the draft UN biodiversity goals could be more ambitious, and urged Europe to be the “global frontrunner” in the 2020 negotiations.

A draft of the UN’s post-2020 global biodiversity framework was released on Monday, providing targets for negotiation ahead of the October meeting in Beijing. 

The work-in-progress document floats plans to protect 60% of sites of “particular importance” and 30% of all land and sea areas by 2030, with at least 10% under “strict protection”. 

Raphael Weyland, policy officer at European conservation group Birdlife, said while that “marked an improvement” since the start of negotiations, the proposals still do not address agriculture as one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss”. 

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