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United Nations plans to protect 30% of land and sea

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has released a draft plan to protect biodiversity, ahead of a summit in China in October. The plan sets out 20 actions which could, by 2030, “put biodiversity on a path to recovery for the benefit of planet and people”.

The actions include:

  • Protect biodiversity across at least 30% of land and sea area
  • Halve pollution from excess nutrients, biocides, plastic waste and other sources 
  • Use both emissions reductions and “nature-based solutions” to mitigate climate change
  • Eliminate subsidies that harm biodiversity
  • Encourage people everywhere to take “measurable steps towards sustainable consumption and lifestyles”
  • “Foster diverse visions of good quality of life and unleash values of responsibility”

View the draft plan here (PDF link), and read media coverage here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect land-use and biodiversity?

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