The plight of the planet’s wildlife will be unveiled when the world’s largest conservation organization launches on Friday in the hope that action will be taken on the world’s interconnected biodiversity and climate crises. Will speed up
Destruction of unsustainable habitat, sustainable agriculture, mining and a hot planet will be discussed at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) conference in a French city. Marseilles.
“We are facing big challenges. We are watching. Climate Changing and greatly influencing our societies. We are seeing biodiversity disappearing. Global pandemic It is hurting our economies, our families, our health.
“And we know that all of these challenges are interconnected, and these challenges are linked to our human behavior.”
The meeting, delayed by an epidemic in 2020, comes ahead of key UN meetings on climate, food systems and biodiversity that could shape the future of the planet.
‘Nature tops priorities’
French President Emmanuel Macron. A statement issued before the IUCN meeting stated that the goal is to put nature at the forefront of international priorities.
“Because our destinies are intertwined, the planet, the climate, nature and the human community.”
Macron said the conference should have “initial foundations” globally. Biodiversity The strategy that will be the focus of UN discussions in China in April next year.
The international community is working to set interim goals for this decade, as well as long-term goals for 2050.
Previous IUCN congresses have paved the way for international agreements on biodiversity and international trade between endangered species.
But efforts to stem the dramatic decline in the number and diversity of animals and plants have so far failed to mitigate the devastation.
In 2019, UN biodiversity experts warned that one million species are on the verge of extinction – expanding the spectrum that the planet is on the verge of its sixth mass extinction in 500 million years.
The nine-day IUCN meeting, which opened on Friday, will include an update on the Red List of Endangered Species, which will assess how close the extinction of animal and plant species is.
Experts estimate about 135,000 species over the past half-century, and about 28% are now endangered, with loss of habitat, over-exploitation and illegal trade.
Large cats, for example, have lost more than 90% of their historical limit and population, leaving only 20,000 lions, 7,000 leopards, 4,000 lions and a few dozen other leopards in the wild.
The meeting is likely to send a message that wildlife conservation is essential for the healthy functioning of the ecosystem and for humanity.
Loss of biodiversity, climate change, pollution, forest-borne diseases have become existential hazards that “cannot be considered or addressed in isolation”, the IUCN said in a vision statement endorsed by its 1,400 members. Said before the meeting.
Movements on the table include protecting 80% of the Amazon by 2025, tackling plastics at sea, tackling wildlife crime and preventing epidemics.
For the first time in its seven-decade history, the IUCN welcomes locals to share their knowledge on how to improve the natural world as voting members.
O’Brien thanked local groups for joining the IUCN and bringing a “wealth of experience” to the diverse relationship with the planet.