COP15 biodiversity ends with a minimal agreement based on false solutions

COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity concludes with a new Global Biodiversity Framework based on false solutions. The deal, which was forced by the presidency, ignores objections from individual African states and fails to lay the groundwork for the transformative change needed to address the biodiversity crisis.

We denounce the great influence of the corporate lobby in the negotiations which has prevented taking courageous and effective decisions, above all, to address the loss of biodiversity on the scale and magnitude necessary. The text does not regulate companies and instead promotes greenwashing measures such as nature-based solutions, which enable the destruction of the environment.

Although there are commitments focused on the conservation and restoration of nature, no progress has been made in addressing the causes that cause their destruction. In turn, from the organization, we denounce that industrial agriculture continues to be promoted through concepts such as “innovation” or “sustainable intensification”.


Small victories from COP15

Despite the negative points, small victories are celebrated, such as the non-inclusion of the notion of “positive nature”, which should have been considered would deepen the financialization of nature and CO2 offsets, or the explicit recognition, in the text , the defenders of the environment and indigenous territories, although it is regrettable that they are not recognized as a specific category in the conservation objective of protected areas.

In general, it is a minimum agreement, which does not affect a root change and, therefore, does not solve the causes of biodiversity loss, does not establish binding measures, and does not take no longer take into account the historical responsibilities of States. It is completely insufficient. The interdependent crises that we are experiencing require a change of economic model and this must be seen in all policies at this level.

For this reason, we will continue to work with local communities around the world, who are building the alternatives needed to protect biodiversity and lead dignified lives.


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