Tusk Statement on Nairobi Biodiversity Talks

Recent talks in Nairobi ahead of the biodiversity COP in December have yielded few results, with leading NGOs reporting that negotiations have become stagnant.

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Tusk CEO Charlie Mayhew said: “It has been disappointing, yet not surprising, to hear that talks in Nairobi ahead of the biodiversity COP in December have not yielded fruitful results.

“Africa is estimated to be home to one-fifth of all known species of mammals, birds, and plants. At the same time, land assets are under pressure to be unlocked to drive economic growth to sustain a growing population. While economic growth and the environment do not have to be at odds with one another, African nations have raised legitimate concerns around the resources required for the level of sustainable development proposed by wealthier countries.

“Biodiversity is in crisis and ambitions to conserve 30% of land and oceans by 2030 are necessary to turn the tide on extinction. However, it’s time for the wealthy northern nations making these proposals to put their money where their mouth is and offer the financial commitments required to enable words to become action.”

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