More than a hundred countries agree to protect biodiversity

At a major UN summit on biodiversity, more than a hundred countries have agreed in China to combat the extinction of plant and animal species. In the so-called Kunming Declaration, the countries agreed that 30% of the land and oceans should be protected by 2030. This should prevent one million endangered plant and animal species from extinction.

The species die out at the highest rate in ten million years. That is a major danger to the welfare on the Earth, scientists warn.

The Chinese Climate Minister points out that the declaration is intended to show political will and is therefore not binding. A similar agreement was reached in Japan in 2010, but the 20 targets set at that time have not been achieved.

Yesterday, China committed to mobilising more than EUR 200 million for the protection of biodiversity. Next spring, the countries will reunite in Kunming and will make concrete agreements on how the money is spent. The Netherlands is also taking part in the top.