Negotiations at COP26 could and must result in immediate and decisive action to ensure that the climate goals of the Paris Agreement are achieved. There is a substantial gap between the decarbonisation promises and targets proposed by nations and the private sector to date, and the emissions reductions needed to stay within a 1.5oC temperature limit.
World leaders must put nature protection front and centre in their plans and actions to address the climate crisis, which is directly linked to biodiversity loss. Combined with rapid decarbonisation – achievable only by halting oil and gas exploration and ending fossil fuel subsidies – nature-based solutions are the most effective tool we have to reduce carbon emissions, as well as increasing our resilience to the impacts of climate change and supporting biodiversity.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is calling for an end to the frustration of futile negotiations and discussions since Paris. We need immediate and effective action on climate change that puts nature at the heart of decision-making. This is what we must see from COP26 leaders in November: