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Historic Global Biodiversity Framework Adopted at UN Biodiversity Summit

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) welcomed the adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework at COP15 in Montréal, emphasising that it represents a milestone moment in Governments’ response to the global biodiversity crisis.

The Global Biodiversity Framework sets out to respond to several assessments that provide ample evidence that, despite ongoing efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide at rates unprecedented in human history.

This framework outlines an ambitious plan to implement broad-based action to bring about a transformation in our societies’ relationship with biodiversity by 2030 and ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled.

Dr Deirdre Lynn, Head of Delegation and Biodiversity Lead with the National Parks and Wildlife Service welcomed the adoption of the Framework, saying, “the world united at CBD COP 15 this morning to broker a deal to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and put nature on a path to recovery for the benefit of people and the planet. We need to remember that biodiversity affects everybody – crossing all boundaries, geographic and political. In Ireland we are fortunate to have progressive policies that support the protection and restoration of biodiversity but many countries will look to this Framework to guide them in their efforts to make the transformative changes needed. In Ireland we in NPWS are currently in the process of drafting our 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan and we will ensure that it aligns with the relevant elements of the Framework.”

A monitoring framework with associated indicators to track progress was also adopted. National biodiversity strategies and action plans are the main instrument for implementing the Convention at the national level and national reports are the main instrument for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the Convention and the associated Framework.

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