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One Planet Summit

Actions for Biodiversity

The link between climate change and the degradation of biodiversity has been proven. Climate events upset natural environments and threaten many plant and animal species with extinction. This loss of ecosystems and natural habitats increases the risk of animal-to-human disease transmission, as was the case with the Coronavirus. But there is still time to take action.

 

On 11 January 2021, the One Planet Summit in Paris united political mobilization by proposing concrete and innovative solutions to safeguard biodiversity. 

The global health crisis came as a dramatic reminder of the importance of Nature for our daily lives and economies: biodiversity is our life insurance. Yet, the damage to ecosystems is unprecedented and will have major consequences on our lifestyles in the decades to come. 

 

It is a major social and economic challenge that will require a profound transformation of value chains, our business models, and our consumption habits, to put an end to the destructive production models of living things.

The content to be read here is part of the Official Website of the One Planet Summit on the fourth edition of the summit in the Élysée Palace in Paris.

 

More about the One Planet Summit can be read on >> oneplanetsummit.fr

This global challenge requires concerted action at all levels (international, national, local) and by all actors (governments, international organizations, businesses, associations, and citizens). 

 

To contribute to this, France has organized, in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank, a One Planet Summit for biodiversity on 11 January 2021 in Paris.

Key themes for the preservation of life

Protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems

Protected areas, and the conservation of the species that live there, play a key role in the protection and restoration of biodiversity and will be a determining factor in achieving a reversal of the current trend.

Promotion of agro-ecology

The promotion of agroecology makes it possible to protect the diversity of ecosystems by reducing pollution while allowing more job creation and acting for food security.

Mobilization of funding for biodiversity

The mobilization of funding for biodiversity is committed, particularly with new commitments of innovative funding and initiatives to direct more public and private investment towards projects for the protection, sustainable management and restoration of ecosystems or the necessary convergence of public funding for climate and biodiversity.  

 

Link between deforestation, species and human health

The summit will make it possible to work better together to prevent future pandemics, through the fight against deforestation and the prevention of risks related to our contact with wild species.

One Planet Summit

 

The One Planet Summit is a series of extraordinary and additional world climate summits announced by French President Emmanuel Macron at the UN Climate Conference in 2017. The aim is to promote a worldwide ecological transformation through which measures for environmental and climate protection are combined with opportunities for the job market, innovation and economy. 

In addition to the French government, the organizers are the World Bank under its President Jim Yong Kim and the United Nations with its Secretary-General António Guterres. 

The first One Planet Summit took place on 12 December 2017 - the second anniversary of the World Climate Agreement - near Paris in Boulogne-Billancourt in the La Seine Musicale cultural center. Further summits were held in New York in 2018 and in Nairobi in 2019. On 11 January 2021, the fourth edition of the One Planet Summit took place in the Élysée Palace in Paris.

Focus: Biodiversity

1 million species threatened with extinction according to IPBES

40%

of amphibians endangered

The ravages being suffered by our ecosystems have reached unprecedented levels and will have far-reaching consequences for the way we live in the decades to come. This is precisely the message reiterated, yet again, by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in its report, adopted in Paris in 2019.

Around 1 million animal and plant species could become extinct in the coming decades, signaling the dizzying pace, unheard-of in the history of humankind, with which biodiversity is collapsing:

  • more than 40% of amphibian species are endangered

  • more than a third of all marine mammals are endangered

  • up to 70% of coral reefs have been either already lost or heavily damaged

  • 100 million hectares of tropical forests have been lost between 1980 and 2000

70% of coral reefs

destroyed or endangered

1/3

of marine mammals endangered

This unprecedented destruction of natural habitats and ecosystems is accelerating climate change and exacerbating the risk of the transmission of zoonoses (diseases or infections), such as coronaviruses. Such biodiversity loss jeopardizes not only our progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but also the wellbeing and dignity of millions of people.

If we are to reverse this trend, we need to entirely rethink our relationship with nature. The aim of the One Planet Summit is to show that action can be taken to protect and restore ecosystems, by delivering practical, innovative solutions to relieve pressure on nature.

2021 needs to be the year of action for biodiversity

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