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Kingdom chips in to protect 30% of world’s land, seas by 2030

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Environment Minister Say Samal attends United Nations Biodiversity Conference held from December 7-19 in Montreal, Canada. ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY

Kingdom chips in to protect 30% of world’s land, seas by 2030

Cambodia is set to update its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) to achieve goals agreed by 196 jurisdictions in a pledge to protect 30 per cent of the world’s lands, seas, coasts and inland waters by 2030.

In a December 23 social media post, the Ministry of Environment said that the UN Biodiversity Conference held on December 7-19 in Montreal, Canada, had adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which comprises four long-term goals and 23 targets.

The 196 member states of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) have vowed to achieve the objectives of the framework by 2030, in line with the “2050 vision” for a world that is “living in harmony with nature”.

“This is a historic event in which the 196 member states of the UNCBD agreed on a global effort to protect 30 per cent of the world's inland waters, coasts and oceans by 2030,” the ministry said.

It noted that at present, just 17 per cent and 10 per cent of the world’s terrestrial and marine areas are under protection.

To achieve the goals of the framework, member states agreed to mobilise at least $200 billion per year by 2030 from public and private sources, and raise international financial flows from developed to developing countries – in particular the least developed countries and small-island developing states – to no less than $20 billion per year by 2025, and $30 billion by 2030.

“In the next step, we will prepare to update our NBSAP to define our priorities and align the activities to be implemented with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, in a bid to achieve the agreed-upon global goals and targets by 2030,” the ministry said.


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