‘Issue of fairness’: Developing countries walk out of biodiversity talks over funding

By Bob Weber, Stephane Blais and Morgan Lowrie
Canadian Press in The Chronicle Journal
December 14, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Representatives from developing countries have walked out of a global conference on conserving the world’s biodiversity over concerns that talks about how those efforts should be funded are lagging behind those on how much land and water should be set aside. “We feel that negotiations have not been moving at the same pace,” said a delegate who left the COP15 talks in Montreal at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. “We feel that resource mobilization has been left behind.” The delegate, who asked not to be named, said rich countries have been happy to talk about specific targets for conservation. …The walkout countries include the 54 members of the African group, seven South and Latin American countries as well as other large countries, including India and Indonesia. “When COP15 agrees on an ambitious (global biodiversity framework), we will bear a higher burden than others in implementing it,” the countries said in a statement.

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