Globe Climate: biodiversity, genetics, and commercial gain at COP15

By Sierra Bein
The Globe and Mail
December 12, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

We’re at the halfway mark at COP15 in Montreal, and you can feel the anxiety ramping up. The meeting of nearly 200 countries who are part of the UN convention on biodiversity is widely seen as a once-in-a-decade opportunity to create a worldwide plan for the protection of nature. For delegates, that outcome is simply called the “GBF” (global biodiversity framework) and somehow, by this time next week, they need to agree to one or the meeting will be seen as a failure. There are several complex issues at play, many of which are being dealt with separately in smaller side meetings, called contact groups, where the details that could inform the framework can be hashed out. …With the convention on biodiversity, the central challenge is learning how to utilize the planet in a way that better integrates nature into the economy. This week we take a deep dive on this issue to illustrate the complex questions the delegates at COP15 face and that must be addressed in the days ahead.

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