Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
‘United for Biodiversity’
What to study?
For Prelims: Composition and objectives of the coalition.
For Mains: Significance and the need for this group.
Context: The European Commission (EC) has launched the ‘United for Biodiversity’ coalition.
It was launched on World Wildlife Day 2020- 3rd March.
What is it?
- The coalition is made up of zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks, and natural history and science museums from around the world.
- The coalition offers the opportunity for all such institutions to “join forces and boost public awareness about the nature crisis, ahead of the crucial COP-15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China in October 2020.
A common pledge adopted:
The coalition adopted a common pledge, citing the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment finding that one million species were already at risk of extinction, and appeals to visitors to each of their institutions to “raise their voice for nature.”
Need for this coalition:
These organisations are vital not only for cataloguing and preserving the natural world, but are indispensable and invaluable centres for education and mobilisation — particularly for young leaders and decision-makers of the future.
- What is IPBES?
- Where the COP-15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held?
- World Wildlife Day 2020- theme, date.
- Difference between National Parks, wildlife sanctuaries and community reserves.
- European union vs Eurozone vs European Commission.
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Sources: the Hindu.