Global biodiversity targets could be made legally binding

A proposed update to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity would see protected areas extend to at least 30% of the Earth’s land and sea by 2030 and could make targets legally binding.

The draft text, produced by a working group convened last year, was released yesterday. It will be considered at a summit in Beijing this October, where governments will consider how to slow habitat loss, extinctions and mitigate against climate change. It will first be reviewed at a preliminary meeting next month.

It proposes that the convention’s targets become binding obligations for the parties, “with respect to reporting, review and means of implementation”, while the summit could also address resource mobilisation, capacity-building and other objectives.

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