New Global Biodiversity Framework: a missed opportunity to galvanise a new era of conservation
January 11, 2023
After years of intense international negotiations and delays, the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was finally adopted at COP15 last month at COP15 in Montreal. The agreement, which sets the stage for international conservation efforts over this decade, includes a contentious plan to ‘protect’ 30 percent of the planet by 2030 and fails to adequately address the underlying drivers of biodiversity loss such as overconsumption. While it also contains some hard-fought guarantees for Indigenous Peoples and other local communities, ultimately governments have missed a huge opportunity for a radical shift towards rights-based conservation.
Read our analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the final deal and some recommendations for what needs to happen next.