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Beyond Montreal: a year on has the world lived up to the promises made at nature summit?

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🗞️ Driving the news: The United Nations’ acting biodiversity chief warns that the historic agreement reached at last year's COP15 needs full implementation to avoid a repeat of past failures in addressing nature loss

🔭 The context: At the COP15 summit in Montreal, countries agreed to ambitious targets like protecting 30% of the planet for nature and reforming harmful subsidies
• The Kunming-Montreal framework, aimed at integrating biodiversity and climate change initiatives, gained recognition at the COP28 climate negotiations, linking biodiversity targets with national climate action plans

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The UN's biodiversity chief stresses the importance of addressing all drivers of biodiversity loss, not just focusing on single targets
• Effective action against habitat destruction, pollution, and climate change is essential for halting biodiversity loss and preserving ecosystems, which are crucial for global environmental stability and human well-being

⏭️ What's next: Before COP16, countries are expected to outline their plans for achieving this decade's biodiversity targets
• Colombia's commitment to base its economy on biodiversity, and the growing international support for protecting 30% of land and sea, signal positive momentum towards achieving these goals

💬 One quote: "I think it’s starting to sink in that nature is not about environmental protection, it is about security and stability" (Johan Rockström, climate scientist)

📈 One stat: Two million species are currently at risk of extinction, highlighting the critical need for concerted global action to preserve biodiversity

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