The member countries of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are currently meeting from 23 August to 3 September to discuss the future of the world’s critically endangered biodiversity. The aim of the meeting is to set concrete targets to save wildlife species, which are disappearing at an unprecedented rate.
Several NGOs, including Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), are critical of the first draft of the agreement, arguing that it does not go far enough. In particular, the target on wildlife trade is insufficient to address the devastating effects of this industry – and in particular the risks it poses to human health, as the Covid-19 pandemic has shown. FFW is therefore calling for much more ambitious targets, and has proposed a modified version of the draft framework.
Negotiations are continuing virtually, and the outcome will only be known after the CBD Conference of the Parties, which will be held in October in China (COP15), just before the Climate Conference in November (COP26).
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26.8.2021 The Canary: UN told to get serious about wildlife trade risks in its plan for saving biodiversity