News | May 2022
A new online platform has been launched to raise awareness and inspire action by non-government organisations, local communities and businesses to protect, sustainably manage and restore areas of land and water.
Well-managed protected and conserved areas play a vital role in safeguarding biodiversity, contributing to human livelihoods and bolstering climate resilience. With new international targets expected to call for the conservation of 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface by 2030, global political awareness of the importance of protected and conserved areas is growing.
Beyond protected and conserved areas, many public and private organisations also play an important role in supporting nature by restoring or sustainably using areas of land and water.
Today’s new Nature Commitments Platform, launching in the wake of the International Day for Biological Diversity, aims to inspire business, civil society and other non-state organisations to contribute towards achieving global ambitions for biodiversity.
The site – created by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – showcases more than 160 current area-based conservation pledges and encourages organisations to upload their own commitments.
The platform enables any non-state level organisation to showcase their area-based conservation work and inspire others to protect, sustainably manage and restore nature in a given area of land or sea. We hope the platform plays a significant role in galvanising inclusive action across all sectors of society and wider business and economies.Dr Nina Bhola, UNEP-WCMC Senior Programme Officer and Nature Commitments Platform lead
The Nature Commitments Platform has been designed to feed live information on non-state commitments directly into complementary initiatives, notably Protected Planet and the ICCA Registry (a platform showcasing territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities), providing a powerful additional boost to strengthen global information on protected and conserved areas.
By encouraging diverse groups to share information, exchange lessons learned and celebrate success, the platform aims to inspire ongoing action and build an empowered community of non-state practitioners.
Information on the location, spatial extent and planned biodiversity outcomes will also help inform existing and future project donors.
The Nature Commitments Platform comes at a critical time for strengthening site-based action for biodiversity. Achieving global ambitions for the conservation, sustainable use, and restoration of biodiversity will, in large part, depend on commitments and action by local authorities, indigenous peoples and local communities, civil society organisations and the private sector. This platform, with its important link to the wider CBD Sharm El Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda, will showcase and inspire such commitments and action.Neville Ash, UNEP-WCMC Director
The CBD’s Sharm El Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People is a vehicle to inspire action for biodiversity. Together with the Nature Commitments Platform, we can continue to support actions at all levels worldwide to safeguard nature and showcase how protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures matter to us all.Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD Executive Secretary
Any non-state organisation can make an area-based commitment to the new Nature Commitments Platform, as well as to the complementary commitments platform, the Sharm El Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People, CitiesWithNature Action Platform and the IUCN Contributions for Nature Initiative.