Leadership Critical in the Run-Up to UN Biodiversity Conference

By Arnaud Goessens | October 14, 2021

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“There can be no solution to the climate and pandemic crises without also combating the biodiversity crisis.”

There is a clear need to develop realistic estimates of what is needed and to increase synergies between all financing mechanisms that aim to address the root causes of the three major and interlinked aforementioned crises the world is currently facing. It is indeed urgent to find win-win solutions to get out of these crises.

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“It is critical that the EU’s new commitment on biodiversity funding is allocated to science-based conservation projects aimed at conserving the world’s remaining highly intact ecosystems.”

It is therefore critical that the EU’s new commitment on biodiversity funding is allocated to science-based conservation projects and programmes aiming at conserving the world’s last remaining highly intact ecosystems, and in particular where it will have the greatest impact. A great example is EU’s new exciting and promising NaturAfrica initiative that aims to protect wildlife and key ecosystems while offering opportunities in green sectors for local communities in Africa.

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