Asean leaders urged to back protection of 30% of land and oceans ahead of CBD conference

Scientists and experts in the region under an umbrella, Campaign for Nature, a coalition of more than 100 conservation organizations around the world including the Wyss Campaign for Nature and National Geographic Society, have called for Asean leaders to publicly throw their support to save 30% of the Earth’s land and oceans, seen as a key survival of humans against increasing threats including pandemics in the future.

The group has issued the statement today, calling on the leaders to show their stance of supporting a growing call for protection of land and oceans by 30% by 2030.

The proposal, widely known as the 30×30 proposal, is championed by the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People or HAC, an intergovernmental coalition of more than 60 countries co-chaired by Costa Rica, France, and the UK, to push the effort to protect at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans ahead of the next convention on biodiversity set to be agreed later this year, or the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China.

Other members from Asia include Japan, Pakistan, and the Maldives, while from Asean countries, there is still only Cambodia joining the group.

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