Last year, 2020, should have been a super year for the environment. We should have had two major global environment conferences – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (FCCC COP26) and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Conference (CBD COP15). Both should have been happening at the end of 2020 but did not because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
COP26 is now taking place in November 2021, and COP15 has been split between October 2021 and spring 2022. These events should have been agreeing new global frameworks for addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, respectively. The conferences have been delayed but we are still in the midst of a climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. The planet continues to get hotter and more extreme (wetter in some places, drier in others), and we continue to lose wildlife at an unprecedented pace.
The first draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is now available. Readers may be interested in the responses to this first draft from Conservation International and WWF.
CIEEM is engaging with these events. We have published our own position paper on the COP events, outlining what we would like to see from the two conferences, along with a position statement on habitat creation and restoration for tackling the climate emergency.
We are also organising a series of activities relating to the two conferences – these will be promoted shortly.
On a longer term scale we continue to work on the climate and ecological crises through the work of our Action 2030 project.