The United Nations has declared that nature is declining globally at a rate unprecedented in human history. So never has there been a more urgent need for the world to come together to address the biodiversity crisis.
And yet the chance to do that - COP15 - has now been delayed for over a year thanks to the COVID pandemic. It will begin on October 11th- but only in virtual form. It will be another six months – April 2022 – before stakeholders can meet in person in Kunming.
So, on The Agenda this week, Stephen Cole examines what that delay really means for the future of our planet.
First, he talks to the person in charge of the summit – Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, who tells us that in fact the COVID delay has given everyone a chance to talk online, and explains why she hopes that could mean COP15 will lead to truly achievable goals.
Stephen also visits the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London to speak to Professor Alexandre Antonelli, Kew’s Director of Science about what needs to be done to protect the 40 percent of the world’s plant life now at risk of extinction.
And he also speaks to Professor Wei Fuwen, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Zoology about how the Giant and Red Panda provide an object lesson in how to save a species.
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