Nature Canada experiences again – Main wins to halt and Reverse Nature loss at COP15!



After months of preparations and two weeks of intense engagement in Montreal, nature lovers can rejoice some key wins at COP15.

Together with different members of the Nature Canada staff, I used to be on the NatureCOP pushing for a powerful world deal and new federal authorities commitments to guard nature right here at dwelling. 

Minister Steven Guilbeault prepares to deal with Nature Canadas panel on his dedication to a nationwide motion plan to halt nature loss in Canada

We went to Montreal buoyed by the hundreds of Canadians who demanded motion – and the federal authorities stepped up with essential new motion to halt and reverse nature loss in Canada, and to assist ship a brand new world deal to halt biodiversity loss world wide. So how did it shake out?

Right here’s how COP15 landed within the 5 key areas of motion that we felt would outline success.

1. Settlement on a powerful new World Biodiversity FrameworkYou probably did it!

What we needed: A brand new world deal to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030 with measurable targets, equitable financing via monetary contributions to growing international locations and a redirecting of dangerous subsidies, and robust recognition of nature as a local weather ally.

What we acquired: The Kunming-Montreal World Biodiversity Framework –Within the wee hours of Monday morning, a historic world settlement was reached to Halt and Reverse Nature loss by 2030 that commits to preserve 30% of land and ocean by 2030, and in that very same timeframe to triple North to South financing for conservation to $30 billion a yr, and scale back authorities subsidies that promote nature loss by $500 billion, beginning with probably the most dangerous. For its half, Canada introduced over $600 million in new funding for biodiversity conservation in growing international locations. 

The settlement acknowledges the unfavorable impacts local weather change is having on ecosystems, and the necessity for “nature-based options or ecosystem-based approaches” to reduce this hurt. Usually this new CBD framework is a big enchancment over its predecessor by way of the measurability of targets, which is required for accountability. On the similar time, whereas most of the 23 targets have clear timeframes or markers for fulfillment, that is uneven throughout the doc. Ambition was  additionally rolled again in key areas like for pesticides as a result of company lobbying. And total, the settlement lacks a compulsory ratcheting mechanism that will increase necessities for presidency motion over time if milestones will not be met.  As with most UN agreements then, accountability will come primarily via home strain created inside nation states to carry governments to account for his or her commitments underneath this deal.

2. Clear help for Indigenous rights and management – Sure!

What we needed: Canada to work to make sure that Indigenous data and rights have been on the centre of the brand new world deal, and to develop funding for Indigenous-led conservation and restoration.

Indigenous representatives at COP stage an motion to spotlight that their rights are a Redline non negotiable subject for the settlement being negotiated

What we acquired: A worldwide deal that acknowledges the basic function of Indigenous Peoples and, in Canada, $800 million in funding for new Indigenous protected areas in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the North-West Territories, the launch of a Nationwide Guardians Community with $100 million in funding for Indigenous-led restoration, and vital new Indigenous-led conservation agreements in Manitoba and Yukon. First Nation, Inuit and Metis leaders have been current all through COP, alongside robust representatives from Indigenous nations worldwide demanding respect for  their authority, cultures and data programs. The Indigenous Management initiative hosted an Indigenous village that showcased how First Nation conservation management carries the options the world craves. 

Mandy Gull Masty the Grand Chief of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee

3. Dedication to a nationwide motion plan to halt and reverse biodiversity loss in Canada – Sure!

What we needed: Canada to sign its dedication to ship a high-ambition nationwide motion plan to halt and reverse nature loss in a approach that centres Indigenous rights, consists of restoration of broken ecosystems, ends dangerous subsidies, and advances new legal guidelines and public engagement.

What we acquired: A dedication by Setting Minister Steven Guilbeault to ship a complete of presidency motion plan to halt and reverse the lack of nature in Canada that features continued motion to guard a minimal of 30 p.c of land and ocean by 2030, and the prioritization of Indigenous data and conservation. He dedicated to motion to finish the subsidies that hurt nature however with out a timeframe. The brand new world deal requires international locations to  obtain reductions by 2030 however we want motion ahead of this in Canada. Importantly the Minister introduced his help for a brand new federal biodiversity accountability legislation, which we hope might be introduced ahead in 2023.

Canada additionally dedicated to restore 19 million hectares of forests by 2030 (an space nearly the dimensions of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia mixed) and to section out worldwide fossil gas subsidies. The latter is crucial given the hazard local weather change poses to nature’s restoration, new commitments for shifting on fossil gas subsidy elimination at dwelling should be subsequent. Regardless of calls from Nature Canada and our companions, the federal authorities didn’t decide to a timeline to ship its motion plan to halt and reverse nature loss. We might want to work collectively to maintain the strain on to make sure that this plan is delivered in 2023 and that it consists of key commitments comparable to restoring 20 p.c of all degraded ecosystems, halting the widespread degradation of forests from logging, bold targets for ending dangerous air pollution, and broadening fairness of entry to nature for all.

4. Precedence to safeguarding ocean biodiversity – A great begin!

What we needed:  We needed to verify the Ocean was within the Room! We joined with different Canadian nature organizations within the SeaBlue coalition  in a marketing campaign calling for oceans to be central to the COP15 worldwide settlement and for motion by Canada to raised defend ocean ecosystems at dwelling, together with by limiting backside trawling and inserting a moratorium on seabed mining. 

What we acquired: The worldwide ocean and coastal areas are implicated all through the brand new settlement, and environmental organizations fought arduous to make sure that the 30 p.c safety by 2030 goal included the ocean. Canada launched a brand new coverage for marine safety requirements and  additionally stepped ahead with $230 million in new funding for ocean restoration and conservation in Canada, however didn’t announce a moratorium on deep sea mining or new limits for backside trawling.  

Extra management might be required within the coming yr to make sure Canada’ ocean insurance policies and applications align with the federal government’s biodiversity and local weather agenda, together with the dedication to help Indigenous governance and rights in marine areas. On Dec 18th at NatureCOP Canada signed a joint assertion together with Norway Australia and over 30 different international locations on the significance of defending and conserving  marine and coastal biodiversity. We are going to due to this fact be looking ahead to Canadian management to assist land a Excessive Seas Treaty to guard biodiversity within the ocean in addition to a world moratorium on deep sea mining. The IMPAC5 world ocean convention, to be held in Vancouver in February of 2023, is Canada’s subsequent alternative to  showcase management, and we hope to see vital progress on defending websites in direction of our 30% goal.

5. Launch of a Nature motion – You betcha!

What we needed: We hoped Canadians would be part of us on this as soon as in a decade alternative to assist  construct a powerful and numerous public motion demanding bold authorities motion to deal with the biodiversity disaster. 

What we acquired: The internet hosting of COP15 in Canada has helped spawn a renewed and strengthened nature motion. A whole lot of Canadians participated in Nature Canada’s multi-province Nature Bus tour, and hundreds despatched messages urging the federal government to behave now to halt species extinction. With hundreds becoming a member of forces to march the streets of Montreal throughout COP15, strain is constructing on Canada and the world to bend the curve on species loss beginning now.

Vital steps have been taken at COP15 – each globally and in Canada – to guard nature and halt mass species extinction. However a lot work stays to implement the actions mandatory to attain the goal of halting and reversing nature loss by 2030. 

We stay up for working with you in 2023 to halt and reverse nature loss in Canada and world wide! 

Thanks for all of your help and wishing you all finest needs for a joyous and nature-ful vacation season!