This month the city of Montreal will host the single most important conversation about nature conservation for a generation.
At the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity COP15, governments will agree to global targets for protecting nature − the so-called post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
COP15 is likely to see an increase in global targets for environmental protection, with growing support to protect 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030.
Blue Ventures is a conservation organisation. We recognise the critical importance of increasing ocean protection. And we believe that conservation led by communities, for communities, is the only viable pathway to protection of our coastal seas at scale.
For two decades we have worked to demonstrate that durable and equitable ocean protection can only be achieved when communities who depend on nature are in control.
For many Indigenous peoples and local communities, conservation remains an exclusionary and top-down practice that pits people against nature.
We’ll be in Montreal alongside partners and small-scale fishers from five continents urging governments to recognise the centrality of social justice to conservation success, and to adopt targets that work with rather than against those who depend on nature the most.
Join us at COP15 in Montreal or virtually on 10 December − International Human Rights Day − to learn why a human rights-based approach to conservation in the Global Biodiversity Framework is so fundamental to conservation success.
Register for the event here.
Learn more about our position on 30×30 and COP15 here.