Ghana and UK commit to biodiversity protection

Ghana and the United Kingdom (UK) have renewed their commit­ment to biodiversity protection and preservation.

This was the outcome at the Nature Action – Private Sector Mobilisation Event, organised by the government of the United Kingdom in London last Friday, to catalyse and demonstrate delivery of the Kun­ming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Frame­work.

The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiver­sity Framework is a landmark international agreement adopted at the 15th session of the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15.2), held in Montreal, Canada.

The Framework seeks to galvanise urgent and transformative action by governments, subnational and local governments, and with the involvement of all of society, to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, and contribute to the objectives of the Convention on Biologi­cal Diversity and its Protocols.

Despite its importance to human well-be­ing and a healthy planet, the world’s bio­diversity is deteriorating at unprecedented rates, posing serious threat to survival people worldwide.

The event, therefore, brought together governments, indigenous peoples, private sector and civil society to support delivery of the Framework’s 10-point Plan for financing biodiversity and shift towards a nature and climate positive economy.

Speaking at the event, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel A. Jinapor, said the government of Ghana was fully committed to biodiversity protection and preservation for a healthy planet.

He said biodiversity provided the coun­try with so many benefits, including food, medicine, energy, clean air and water, security from natural disasters as well as recreation and cultural inspiration.

Mr Jinapor said biodiversity loss was syn­onymous to forest and wildlife loss, which constitutes a huge ecosystem of varying fauna and flora, and Ghana’s commitment to halt forest and wildlife loss includes a com­mitment to protect the world’s biodiversity.

According to the Minister, the Global Biodiversity Framework aligns with the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use, which Ghana signed at COP26 in 2021.

He said Ghana endorses the 10-point Plan of the Global Biodiversity Framework, and was committed to work with other govern­ments and partners to protect and conserve biodiversity.

He called on the developed countries to work with developing countries to protect the world’s forests and biodiversity.

Using the cocoa value chain as an exam­ple, Mr Jinapor said although the value of the chocolate industry was over $130 billion, Ghana and Ivory Coast, which produced over 60 per cent of the cocoa used in the chocolate industry, got less than five per cent of the value of the chocolate market.

To empower developing countries to continue with their work on biodiversity pro­tection, Mr Jinapor said developed countries should not adopt policies that would contin­uously impoverish developing countries.

“The duty to protect biodiversity is a col­lective one, and we must all work together to ensure a safe and healthy planet for current and future generations,” the Minister said.

The event was held at the Lancaster House in London, and was followed by a working reception, hosted by the British Monarch, King Charles III, at the Buckingham Palace, the official London residence and royal pal­ace of the British Monarch.

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