Marseille: a World Conservation Congress to make up for the lack of climate action

New sterile discussions? This September 3 opens in Marseille the World Congress of Nature organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The stated objective for this edition is to “put an end to the alarming decline in biodiversity”. For the occasion, more than 20,000 people are expected, whether in Marseille or by videoconference, including 15,000 Commission experts and political figures such as Barbara Pompili, Minister of the Environment, Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, or even Nicolas Hulot and Emmanuel Macron.

Until September 11, discussions will therefore focus on possible new actions to strengthen biodiversity at the global level. Due to the organization of the congress in Marseille, particular importance will be devoted to marine issues. Ahead of the meeting, more than 50 states, including France, have already committed to protecting at least 30% of the oceans by 2030.

COP26 in the sights

However, environmental NGOs are asking that the recommendations be followed more by the States. Some notably point out that the commitments made by the nations in 2010 for 2020 have not been respected. Greenpeace in particular called on France to “change gear before the end of this five-year term”.

A first agreement focused on biodiversity could also start the countdown to COP26 in Glasgow. After the publication of the last report of the IPCC, particularly alarmist, the French head of state had indicated wanting to remain “on the side of those who act”. It remains to be seen whether the discussions will result in actions commensurate with the urgency pointed out by scientists.

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