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WWF cheers strong consensus on a Global Goal for Nature at Marseille IUCN World Conservation Congress

WWF applauds key motions on a strong and ambitious global biodiversity framework, indigenous rights and protected areas, seabed mining moratorium and tackling the root cause of pandemics; welcomes new IUCN President and urges members' focus on agreement and implementation of a Global biodiversity Framework in decisive months ahead.

Marseille, 10 September 2021 - As the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille draws to a close, WWF applauds the positive vote for Motion 040 which calls on all IUCN members including governments and NGOs to develop, adopt and implement a new action plan for nature – a Global Biodiversity Framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity – which should focus on, as its overarching goal, to reverse biodiversity loss to achieve a nature-positive world by 2030. The strong ambition and alignment shown by many governments and civil society organisations need to now be urgently reflected in the CBD negotiations to ensure this progress is not undone.
“By 2030, our world must not only become more equitable and carbon neutral – it must also become nature positive,'' said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International. “Today’s outcome takes us a big and necessary step closer to securing a nature positive agreement which will ensure there is more nature in the world in 2030 than there was at the start of the decade.”
Other key motions that governments will now need to implement include a moratorium on seabed mining to protect fragile deep sea ecosystems; a target of effectively and equitably protecting and conserving at least 30% of land, sea and waters, while ensuring that all of the lands and waters, traditionally governed and conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities are appropriately recognised and secured; and developing pandemics prevention strategies which focus on avoidance and reduction of negative human impact on nature, for example by halting and reversing land conversion and ending illegally-traded live wildlife.
WWF also welcomes the election of IUCN President Razan Al Mubarak - the first woman from the Arab world to head IUCN.
“We look forward to working with Ms Al Mubarak and her team and working with all governments and organizations to implement these Motions as we head into a pivotal next few months for nature. This can and should culminate in an agreed, ambitious global agreement for Nature which, like the Paris Agreement for Climate change, sets a clear 2030 global goal for nature in order to reverse nature and biodiversity loss, and drive just and nature-positive transitions of economic sectors - primarily food systems and infrastructures. The consensus built here in Marseille represents a welcome and much-needed injection of confidence which can energize the urgent and important negotiations towards a positive commitment for the future of all life on earth,” added Lambertini.
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Notes to editors:
Motion 040: Develop and implement a transformational and effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Key highlights:
The motion calls on all members to aim to ‘halt and reverse biodiversity loss to achieve a nature-positive world by 2030’, and notes ‘... the call from IUCN Members for an equitable, nature-positive and net zero world to ensure there is more nature globally in 2030 than there was in 2020…’
Clear 2030 objectives including on increasing the area, connectivity and integrity of ecosystems, achieving zero human induced extinctions and halving the footprint together with transformative actions, notably to secure a just and nature positive transition of our economies and transform our food systems have been agreed by IUCN members. Now we need to work all together to ensure they are part of the final agreement at COP15 and then immediately implemented. The Motion also calls for a focus on key sectors:  food, agriculture, fisheries, forestry & infrastructure.
Motion 101: Setting area-based conservation targets based on evidence of what nature and people need to thrive. Key highlights:
Calls on all components of IUCN to prioritize the support for the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and implementation of all protection, conservation and restoration activities with the free, prior, and informed consent of indigenous peoples, and with appropriate recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands, territories and resources.
Calls on all components of IUCN to support, at a minimum, a target of effectively and equitably protecting and conserving at least 30% of terrestrial areas and of inland waters and of coastal and marine areas, respectively, with a focus on sites of particular importance for biodiversity, in well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) by 2030 in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Motion 135:  Promoting human, animal and environmental health, and preventing pandemics through the One Health approach and by addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss. Key highlights:
Calls on members to … prioritise the need to prevent future pandemics arising from zoonoses by addressing the drivers of biodiversity decline. This includes a One Health approach so that wildlife trade does not pose a significant risk to ecosystems, human or animal health. It calls on governments and relevant stakeholders to urgently address  i) land-use change causing habitat fragmentation and degradation, ii) agricultural expansion and intensification, (iii) unsanitary and other food production systems and practices that increase the risk of pathogen spillover, and iv) unsafe wildlife trade and consumption.
Motion 069:  Protection of deep-ocean ecosystems and biodiversity through a moratorium on seabed mining. Key highlights:
Calls on IUCN state members to implement a moratorium on deep seabed mining, issuing of new exploitation and new exploration contracts, and the adoption of seabed mining regulations for exploitation.

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