Boost action and diplomacy to protect nature, Committee tell government

26 Jul 2021 04:03 PM

The Environment and Climate Change Committee yesterday published a letter to Environment Secretary George Eustice setting out what they believe the Government should do to make COP15 – the United Nations Biodiversity Conference due to be hosted by China in October – a success and to combat the loss of biodiversity.

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This follows a series of sessions held by the Committee on COP15 with experts, representatives of civil society and business, a Chinese Minister, and Ministers from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Committee's letter

The Committee have written that there is a gulf between the urgency and importance of halting biodiversity losses and restoring nature, and the level of action being taken in pursuit of this.

They go on to say that there is much more that the Government can and must do to address biodiversity losses through its work towards an ambitious COP15 agreement, as well as pursuing solutions via other international channels.

Recommendations for a successful COP15 and how to combat the loss of biodiversity include:

The Committee have asked the Environment Secretary for a response to their recommendations by 1 September, ahead of COP15.

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