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Natura Connect at COP15

NaturaConnect at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) – NaturaConnect

Honored to be commissioned to create an explainer comic video about the work of the UN and European Commission funded Natura Connect, shown at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

The European Union has adopted a new Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 aimed at reversing the current decline in biodiversity and ecosystem services by preserving and restoring nature. The strategy sets a target of ensuring that 30% of the EU’s land and seas are protected by 2030, with at least a third of this area designated as strictly protected. The strategy also aims to ensure that all EU habitats and species in need of protection receive proper conservation measures.

The new strategy includes six targets and 20 actions to be implemented by 2030. These targets focus on increasing the size, quality, and connectivity of protected areas, restoring degraded ecosystems, increasing the level of integration of biodiversity concerns into other sectors such as agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, and enhancing the EU’s role in global biodiversity governance.

To achieve these targets, the EU will provide significant financial support to member states and work closely with them to develop and implement their own biodiversity strategies. The EU will also encourage and facilitate the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in the protection and restoration of biodiversity.

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 is closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the EU’s Farm to Fork and Green Deal initiatives. It aims to support the transition to a more sustainable and resilient economy and society that places a greater emphasis on the value of nature and biodiversity.

The EU’s biodiversity strategy is part of a wider effort to tackle the ongoing global biodiversity crisis. The United Nations has declared 2021-2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and many other countries and organizations have also set targets for protecting and restoring biodiversity. The EU’s new strategy represents a significant step forward in the global effort to preserve and restore biodiversity, and it is hoped that it will serve as a model for other regions and countries to follow.