Over 190 countries sign ‘peace pact’ to protect nature

After four years of fraught negotiations, more than 190 states rallied behind the Chinese-brokered accord aimed at saving Earth´s lands, oceans and species from pollution, degradation and the climate crisis.

More than 190 countries reached a historic deal on December 19 to protect a third of the planet for nature by 2030 in a landmark deal aimed at safeguarding biodiversity. It will reverse decades of environmental destruction threatening the world´s species and ecosystems.

Chair Chinese Environment Minister Huang Runqiu declared the deal adopted after the marathon COP 15 biodiversity summit in Montreal.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailing the accord, termed it a ”peace pact with nature”, while EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said it was a “foundation for global action on biodiversity, complementing the Paris Agreement for Climate.”

The deal pledges to secure 30 percent of the planet as a protected zone by 2030, stump up $30 billion in yearly conservation aid for the developing world and halt human-caused extinctions of threatened species.

Environmentalists have compared it to the landmark plan to limit global warming to 1.5C under the Paris agreement, though some warned that it did not go far enough. Brian O´Donnell of the Campaign for Nature called it “the largest land and ocean conservation commitment in history.”

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