22 December 2022

COP15: Setting a new path for biodiversity

The year 2022 marked a turning point in the global biodiversity policy. On 7-19 December 2022, governments from around the world gathered in Montreal, Canada to take part in the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15), which turned out to be the biggest biodiversity event in a decade. 

After two weeks of productive and intensive discussions, the representatives from 188 governments came out with a historical agreement to guide global action on nature through to 2030. They adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework which sets four clear, measurable goals and 23 targets that catalyse action to restore natural ecosystems and remove pollution through contributions and implementation from across society, business and policy. Among the framework's objectives are i) the conservation of biodiversity, ii) the sustainable use of its components, and iii) the equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources. 

SELINA welcomes the need to bridge the gap between humans and nature and recognises the new framework as a crucial tool to reverse nature loss by 2030. Being in support of all 23 targets identified at the COP15, SELINA is looking forward to engaging its community into active participation during the project duration and beyond.

A full list of COP15 documents can be found here.