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On July 12, 2021 the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat released the “first draft” of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, updating the “zero draft” released in August 2020. Amongst the significant changes is the removal of the Rights of Nature as an “enabling condition” of the framework.
Specifically, the “zero draft” of the post-2020 framework had added the following approach to implement the framework: "Consider and recognize, where appropriate, the rights of nature.” The newest, 2021, report has no such mention. At the time, the CBD became the first international environmental treaty to consider adopting the Rights of Nature.
The second meeting of COP-15 is currently scheduled in Geneva in March 2022, where some of us will attend.
You can find the Press Release here
You can send this letter to your National Focal Points, asking them to please reinstate Rights of Nature in the Post 2020 Biodiversity Convention.
You can find the list of National Focal Points here
You can fill in this form if you or your organisation would like to support our call for reinstating the Rights of Nature in the Post 2020 Biodiversity Convention.
Why is including Rights of Nature in the legal systems and a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth needed?
On average, we’ve seen an astonishing 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018. The top threats to species identified in the report link directly to human activities, including habitat loss and degradation and the excessive use of wildlife such as over-fishing and over-hunting.
The report presents a sobering picture of the impact human activity has on the world’s wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers, and climate. We’re facing a rapidly closing window for action and the urgent need for everyone—everyone—to collectively rethink and redefine how we value, protect, and restore nature.