Volume 2 Issue 7

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India urged countries to join a high-profile coalition in order to accomplish the target to protect the planet

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Nashrah Fatma

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Environmental Law

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India urged countries to join the 'High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for nature and people' to push for a global goal under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to protect at least 30% of the planet by 2030, called the 30x30 target, and pitched for mobilizing more resources to help developing countries achieve this goal. In the run-up to the UN's CBD's 15th conference of parties (COP15) in China in April-May, India was one of the 75 countries that joined the Coalition. Other south Asian countries that have joined the HAC include Pakistan and the Maldives. In addition to urging other countries to join the Coalition, environment minister Bhupender Yadav has asked global agencies such as the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the CBD to ensure that developing countries get timely and enough resources. He was speaking to the South Asian Consultation Meeting on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework remotely. Representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan attended the meeting, which was hosted by India. According to Yadav, South Asia faces severe developmental problems and barriers due to its large human population and biological diversity, which are exacerbated by the region's poor socio-economic condition and the presence of high natural resource-dependent people. "It is also vital to exempt tribal and other local communities that are growing or undertaking other activities for their livelihood from the Biological Diversity Act in order to strike a balance between local community development and biodiversity conservation," he said. In light of the government's recent decision to amend the Biological Diversity Act, the minister stated that the law would be implemented to place a greater emphasis on local community interests and to encourage biodiversity research to make necessary policy changes to ensure more 'Access & Benefit Sharing' (ABS). India has constructed 'biodiversity registers' as part of its numerous commitments, and has increased combined forest and tree cover to 24.56 percent of the country's entire geographic area.