For its fourth edition, the One Planet Summit organised on 11 January 2021 in Paris, France, brought together decision-makers from all over the world to accelerate international action in favour of nature around 4 themes: protecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems, promoting agroecology, mobilising funding for biodiversity, protecting forests, species and human health. The main outcomes of the summit on the protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems are as follows:
France and Costa Rica launched the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, which aims to create the conditions for the adoption of an ambitious nature protection target by the Convention on Biological Diversity at the end of the year. This mobilisation has today led to the 52 States that have joined this coalition and are committed to working to protect 30% of land and marine areas by 2030.
This meeting was also an opportunity to launch a new exemplary Mediterranean Coalition in 2030. This alliance was launched by Spain, France and the Principality of Monaco. It is built around 4 commitments: (1) to develop a network of protected areas; (2) to put an end to overfishing; (3) to combat marine pollution and put an end to single-use plastic; (4) to green maritime transport.
During the session dedicated to the protection of marine and terrestrial areas, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was able to evoke the example of two initiatives developed in the Mediterranean with the support of His Foundation: The MedFund dedicated to the preservation of marine protected areas and Beyond Plastic Med – BeMed dedicated to the fight against plastic pollution.
Adoption of the National Strategy for Protected Areas 2021-2030 in France
Following this event dedicated to biodiversity, the French government adopted a new national strategy for the creation of protected areas for the next 10 years.
This roadmap is the first global strategy integrating both metropolitan France and overseas territories as well as land and maritime issues. It aims to extend the existing network of protected areas, but also to improve their management or their integration into the territories.
Objective: to protect 30% of the territory, including 10% under full or high protection levels.
This strategy is broken down into seven major ten-year objectives:
Objective 1: Develop a network of protected areas resilient to global changes
Objective 2: To support the implementation of an efficient and adapted management of the protected areas network
Objective 3: To support sustainable activities within the network of protected areas
Objective 4: Strengthen the integration of the network of areas
protected in the territories
Objective 5: Strengthen cooperation in international efforts to halt the erosion of biodiversity
Objective 6: A sustainable network of protected areas
Objective 7: Strengthening the role of protected areas in the knowledge of biodiversity
& 18 measures
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