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Tough negotiations in split biodiversity COP

China’s Minister of Environment and COP15 President Huang Runqiu during his opening speech in Montreal.

It’s half-time at the COP15 Biodiversity Conference in Montreal. Officially until December 19, the 196 signatory states to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will negotiate a new global agreement on the protection of ecological diversity. Around one million species face extinction. But half of the global economy’s output depends on healthy ecosystems. According to the WWF 2022 Living Planet Report presented in October, the observed wildlife populations worldwide declined by an average of 69 percent between 1970 and 2018.

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