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VICTORY: A Global Commitment to 30×30!

At COP15, global leaders agreed to protecting at least 30% of our lands, waters, and Ocean by 2030!

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19 December 2022


The historic agreement includes a commitment to conserve 30% of our lands, waters, and ocean by 2030 (30×30) by protecting nature while respecting indigenous and traditional territories. 


Global leaders finalized negotiations at the United Nations Biodiversity Summit (COP15) in the early morning hours on 19 December 2022.


The global commitment to 30×30 was long-awaited and supported by ocean conservationists and biodiversity supporters from around the globe. 

Key Outcomes of the Global Biodiversity Framework Include

Take a closer look.

The 30x30 Target 

TARGET 3 Ensure and enable that by 2030 at least 30 per cent of terrestrial, inland water, and of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, are effectively conserved and managed through ecologically representative, well-connected and equitably governed systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, recognizing indigenous and traditional territories, where applicable, and integrated into wider landscapes, seascapes and the ocean, while ensuring that any sustainable use, where appropriate in such areas, is fully consistent with conservation outcomes, recognizing and respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, including over their traditional territories. The 30x30 target was a key discussion point through Global Aid for Africa (GAA), roadmap this year, with public and private sector stakeholders sharing insights into the technologies and solutions through which we might translate this target into reality.

Indigenous Leadership  

Indigenous peoples are stewards to around 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity. Respecting the rights and leadership of indigenous peoples, including over their traditional territories, is not just a matter of justice, but the only way we can ensure the successful implementation of the new Framework. Target 3 and 22 of the Framework addresses the need to work together with Indigenous peoples and ensure their inclusion in biodiversity decision making.   The importance of working collaboratively is at the heart of the Global Aid for Africa (GAA), activities, and speakers at World Biodiversity Summit Montreal addressed this new target in detail – they discussed how they are moving beyond traditional public-private partnerships and towards more holistic approaches, according to which a diversity of voices is incorporated and respected.  

Obligation for Disclosure 

Target 15 highlighted the role that disclosure will play in meeting the new goals. It urges the introduction of legal, administrative and policy measures that will require large businesses to monitor, assess and disclose the impacts, risks and dependencies of their operations and portfolios as they relate to biodiversity.   Participants in World Climate Foundation’s activities have expressed a strong support for disclosures this year, and World Biodiversity Summit Montreal was no exception. Organizations leading the way with biodiversity disclosure shared insights into their approaches, and they discussed the benefits that new regulation on biodiversity disclosures could offer.  

The Last Sticking Point - Funding  

While the agreement did not include the separate fund for biodiversity that many hoped for, it did include the creation of a new fund within the Global Environment Facility. Target 19 included the aim to mobilize 200 billion dollars annually for domestic and international biodiversity funding across both public and private sources. It also aims to increase international financial flows for biodiversity from developed to developing countries - first to 20 billion dollars by 2025, then to 30 billion dollars by 2030. It also addressed the need to mobilize the private sector by introducing a policy that encourages partnership in biodiversity.   While funding can be amongst the most difficult targets to implement, Global Aid for Africa (GAA), and our network did not shy away from the topic. Our network shared the bold commitments they have made thus far, and they highlighted how closely intertwined are our economies and the natural world, and the wealth of opportunities that working directly with Indigenous peoples in biodiversity can offer.

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