Global leaders gather for COP15 in Montreal to discuss land and marine protection

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The United Nations Biodiversity Conference aims to finalize a framework for protecting 30% of global land and marine areas by 2030  

Environment leaders from over 190 countries have gathered in Montreal as the United Nations Biodiversity Conference or COP15 starts on Wednesday. According to a story by the Associated Press on Tuesday, November 6, officials at this conference aim to create measures to protect the world’s land and marine ecosystems.  

The conference that is scheduled to last for nearly two weeks, will finalize the frame work for protecting over 30% of land and marine areas by 2030. At the moment, only 17% of land and 10% of marine areas are under protection, the report said.  The report also added, the framework for protection requires countries to raise over $200 billion or 1% of the world’s GDP for conservation by 2030.  

A quote in the report by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity said, “The world is crying out for change, watching if governments seek to heal our relationship with the nature, with the planet”. She added, “The current state of biodiversity is dire with the loss of biodiversity at unprecedented levels in our history”.  

The UN conference is taking place after a month since COP27 in Egypt. During the previous conference, countries gathered to tackle climate change and agreed to pay poor countries for the damage caused to them by global warming, a decision that has been taken for the first time in history.

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