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The global biodiversity framework needs a robust action agenda

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Bending the curve of biodiversity loss is a key priority for humanity and requires urgent action1. The rapid loss of biological diversity threatens human lives, livelihoods and well-being globally, and is reinforcing and being reinforced by climate breakdown2. In December 2022, the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held in Montreal. It is essential that an ambitious, specific and measurable global biodiversity framework is agreed at COP15. However, governments alone are unlikely to reverse negative trends in biodiversity. We suggest that a biodiversity action agenda that mobilizes nature recovery actions from across society — including businesses, investors, civil society groups and local communities — should be included as a complement to governmental efforts.

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