From former Heads of State to former Foreign Ministers, everyone has joined together against the destruction of the natural world, noting that it has a bearing upon the health, economies and well being of mankind. The world lenders have come together under Campaign for Nature’s Global Steering Committee with an aim of reaching out to the world leaders to support a new global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030.
Noting that land and marine conservation is timelier than ever, they said that Covid 19 pandemic has further underscored the need to protect more of the natural world. Several studies have shown that destruction of nature increased the risk of infectious disease, they added.
Former US Senator and former Special Envoy to Great Lakes Region of Africa Russ Feingold, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Executive Secretary UNFCCC Christiana Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica José Maria, Former President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Former Science Advisor to Prime Minister of Malaysia Zakri Abdul Hamid, Former President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, Former Foreign Minister of Israel Tzipi Livni, Former Foreign Minister of Argentina Susana Malcorra, Former Foreign Minister of Egypt Amre Moussa. Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Former Environmental Minister of Indonesia Emil Salim, Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirical former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Yongyuth Yuthavong are the members of the Campaign for Nature’s Global Steering Committee.
The leaders said they believed that conservation of nature must be a core element of the economic rescue plans. The leaders pointed out the necessity for urgently investing in nature conservation. This was needed for preventing local communities across the globe associated with protected areas from collapsing into prolonged poverty, unemployment and depression: preventing protected areas from being further exploited by wildlife poaching and illegal logging and mining creating jobs and economic activity, safeguarding the huge contributions that nature fighting against climate change, helping to recover crucial biodiversity and critical ecosystems and guarding against future pandemics.
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