Nations secure a historic biodiversity deal on final day of COP15
By Brian Roewe
December 19, 2022
The nations of the world secured a historic deal on behalf of nature on the final day of the United Nations biodiversity summit, charting a path for the next eight years to undo decades of ecosystem destruction and species diminishment and to ensure creation's restoration by midcentury.
A key part of the global pact aims to halt and reverse the rapid loss of biodiversity by 2030, and in that span, set aside 30% of the world's lands, oceans and waters for ecological conservation. Such moves are viewed as critical not just to stave off rapidly accelerating rates of species extinction but also vital to international efforts to limit the impacts of climate change.