Various scientific and non-governmental organisations have taken the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal as an opportunity to campaign for nature-friendly economic activity. With the "Frankfurt Declaration", the alliance demands clear framework conditions from politics and joint steps from science, business and civil society. At the same time, the organisations make concrete proposals in the position paper on how nature-friendly economy can become the standard. They name the "twin crises" of biodiversity loss and climate change as the most important challenge facing humanity. In the "Frankfurt Declaration", the organisations offer their expertise to solve this challenge.
For the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), the Director, Prof. Marc Wolfram, signed the "Frankfurt Declaration". "The massive loss of biodiversity is part of the global ecological crisis that humanity has created in recent decades. This environmental crisis makes clear how urgent a profound structural and cultural change, i.e. a societal transformation, is. Spatial aspects, such as those we are researching at the IOER, are also crucial here. How can land, infrastructure or buildings facilitate more biodiversity? How can sensitive natural areas be better protected? How do we take biodiversity into account in the economic reporting of companies and states? These are just some of the questions we are looking for answers to at the IOER," says Marc Wolfram.
The UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal ended in December 2022 with a positive signal. After around two weeks of negotiations, the representatives from 188 governments agreed on a joint final declaration. With the “Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework” (GBF), 188 countries set themselves the goal of placing at least 30 percent of their land and marine areas under protection by 2030. They also want to spend more money on the protection of biodiversity.
The "Frankfurt Declaration for the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15)" can still be signed.
"Frankfurt Declaration" in wording
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