BIODIVERSITY CONVENTION

Call for Rights of Nature in the Convention on Biodiversity

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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 read our full recommendation here and the supplementary report here

What you can do:​​

  • 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 2020. 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.

Nature Conservation Facts from Ecowatch

Nature provides us with countless services, supplying us with fresh water, clean air, food, medicine, energy and above all, life itself. Ecosystem services contribute an estimated $125 trillion to $140 trillion a year to the world’s economy — nearly 7 times the GDP of the U.S.1 But ultimately, natural resources are so fundamental to our lives that we could never express their value in dollars. See here for the Top 25 Nature Conservation Facts of 2022