30 by 30
What is 30 x 30 and Why is it Worth Billions of Dollars?
On Monday, December 19th, the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) negotiators reached a historic deal. It provides critical financing to preserve biodiversity around the world.
Thirty by Thirty (30 x 30) is a global effort to conserve 30% of global wildlife habitat by 2030. In 2021, the U.S. made it our official policy as well. The U.S. government set a national goal to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land, freshwater, and ocean areas by 2030.
For two weeks, the COP15 representatives worked on a global version. Key to the negotiation was offsetting the economic burden placed on poor countries. And the COP15 deal did exactly that.
The deal lays out $200 billion by 2030 from a range of sources. And it works to rework subsidies, which could add another $500 billion. The money goes to poor countries, to help them preserve their biodiversity.
The agreement lays out precise and quantified objectives on things like pesticides, loss of species, and poorly designed subsidies.
The impetus for the 30 x 30 plan comes from a 2019 estimate that showed a million plant and animal species could become extinct within decades. That was 1,000 times larger than anticipated.
I’m an avid outdoorsman. I grew up as an outside kid – hiking, fishing, gardening, surfing, and boating. I am an advocate for preserving our natural habitat. I support the 30 x 30 initiative both here at home and around the world
According to The Swiftest’ biodiversity index, Brazil is the most biodiverse country on the planet. European countries rank among the least biodiverse.
The COP15 deal solidifies an economic value to biodiversity preservation. And it achieved commitments from wealthy nations to support preservation all over the world.
Numbers to Know
The percent of Earth’s land and ocean area to be deemed as protected areas by 2030. Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets – The Global Deal for Nature and the Paris Climate Agreement.. what’s behind the 30 by 30 pledge. (Science Advances)
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Links We Like
Biodiversity is vital for our planet. The 201 Most (& Least) Biodiverse Countries in 2022. (theswiftfest.com)
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