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Source: Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation GermanyBerlin. On the occasion of the UN special summit on biological diversity that is taking place today, the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) calls on the federal government to work actively for the global protection of biodiversity and ecosystems. “More than a million species are threatened with extinction. Irreplaceable habitats continue to be destroyed without thinking about the consequences for people and the environment, ”explains BUND chairman Olaf Bandt. “The latest UN report on biological diversity shows very clearly the failure of the international community to stop the loss of the diversity of life.” Functioning ecosystems and intact biodiversity are just as important for survival as clean air, good water quality and tolerable temperature. “These ecosystems are vital for us humans and the destruction of biological diversity threatens the human future just as much as the climate crisis,” said Bandt. “We welcome the clear commitment to ambitious biodiversity protection that the federal government made at the beginning of this week. But in the past ten years the federal and state governments have criminally neglected their obligations under international law to protect biodiversity. Now the words have to be followed by deeds in order to turn things around and stop the worldwide loss of biological diversity. ”The BUND calls on the federal government, in the ongoing negotiations for a new UN set of rules for the protection of biodiversity for ambitious and measurable global Set goals to preserve nature. This also includes clear rules for implementation and monitoring that ensure that the goals are achieved. Bandt: “After today’s summit, the Chancellor must make the protection of biological diversity a permanent and recognizable priority. This means that all departments are called upon to make their contribution. Only if we succeed in stopping overexploitation will there be a chance of preserving nature for our children and grandchildren worldwide. ” Environmentally harmful incentives must be removed. The federal government must stop subsidies that are harmful to nature in agricultural policy, in fishing and in transport. Band: “A biodiversity policy of the federal government that is suitable for grandchildren also includes finally finding the courage to stop the Mercosur Agreement, which continues the destruction of the Amazon forest would fuel. This also includes the passing of an effective supply chain law that includes environmental and human rights. German corporations must adhere to recognized standards in their supply chains. We finally have to stop overexploitation. ”More informationBackground: At the United Nations special summit on biological diversity, ambitious measures to preserve biodiversity are to be initiated at the highest political level. The summit will take place online. The aim of the summit is to mobilize political support for a new global framework for protecting biodiversity after 2020. This is to be adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity next year. The summit begins on Wednesday at 4 p.m. German time. Chancellor Angela Merkel will open the dialogue on “Combating the loss of biological diversity and mainstreaming biological diversity for sustainable development” with a video message at 9 p.m. German time. Mainstreaming means anchoring the preservation of biodiversity in all areas of life and politics as a task for society as a whole. Federal Minister Schulze will then moderate the dialogue round. Press contact: Nicola Uhde, BUND expert for international biodiversity policy, mobile: 01 51/14 14 82 67, nicola.uhde (at) bund.net and BUND press office (Sigrid Wolff / Daniel Jahn / Judith Freund / Heye Jensen), Tel. (030) 2 75 86-425 / -531 / -497 / -464, presse (at) bund.net

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