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Conservation groups hail COP28 plans to protect nature

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By illuminem briefings

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Illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on The Guardian or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: The UAE consensus at Cop28 includes a landmark commitment to biodiversity and a global deforestation goal for 2030
• The agreement emphasizes conserving and restoring ecosystems, particularly forests, to support the Paris agreement's temperature goals

🔭 The context: This consensus is a significant step in integrating nature and climate change agendas
• It marks the first time a 2030 deforestation goal appears in a UN agreement, transforming the voluntary Glasgow declaration into a more binding commitment
• The deal also acknowledges last year's Kunming-Montreal biodiversity framework

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The inclusion of biodiversity and forest conservation is vital for combating climate change
• Forests act as carbon sinks, and their preservation is crucial for limiting global heating
• However, the slow progress on fossil fuel emissions remains a concern for forest resilience against environmental threats

⏭️ What's next: Countries are expected to incorporate these commitments into their next climate plans, due before COP30 in 2025
• However, the failure to agree on funding for nature conservation and the role of carbon markets leaves key aspects of implementation uncertain

💬 One quote: “The text’s emphasis on halting and reversing forest degradation, alongside deforestation, by 2030 leaves no ambiguity about the urgency of global, multisectoral action to protect high-integrity forests in order to meet the goals of the Paris agreement” (Jennifer Skene, Natural Resources Defense Council)

📈 One stat: Indigenous territories, constituting 5% of the world's population, hold 82% of its protected biodiversity, highlighting their crucial role in environmental conservation.

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