Biodiversity summit postponed
Published: Aug 19, 2021 05:33 PM
biodiversity Photo:VCG

biodiversity Photo:VCG

The face-to-face portion of a critical UN biodiversity summit originally slated for 2020 will be delayed until April 2022, UN officials said Wednesday, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

An "official" virtual opening of the meeting hosted by China will first take place in mid-October, followed by face-to-face negotiations in Southwest China's Kunming from April 25 to May 8, 2022.

Earlier in August, the UN unveiled a draft agreement for the summit calling for the preservation of at least 30 percent of land and oceans, along with other biodiversity targets.

The fruit of months of online discussions, the draft mapped out the route for humanity to be "living in harmony with nature" by 2050.

Campaigners have for years called for an effective global agreement on halting biodiversity loss, similar to what the Paris Agreement lays out for climate change.

The draft outlines 21 targets and 10 "milestones" to be hit by 2030 in order to preserve biodiversity.

These include restoring at least 20 percent of degraded ecosystems and ensuring that existing intact wild areas are retained.

At least 30 percent of land and marine species should also be protected through conservation areas, the draft proposed.

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