The ‘post-2020 global biodiversity framework’ – How the CBD drive to protect 30 percent of the planet could dispossess millions

Published July 2020

In October 2021, the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) is set to agree on a new target to place at least 30 percent of the earth’s surface into conservation status by 2030.

Currently being negotiated through the post-2020 biodiversity framework, the 30x30 target could double the current protected land area over the coming decade.

While bold commitments are needed to tackle climate and biodiversity emergencies, analysis by the Rainforest Foundation UK shows that any continuation of strict conservation model prevalent in many parts of the world would lead to the further impoverishment of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities least responsible for these crises.

This short film about the Tumba Lediima Reserve in DRC illustrates the human cost of strict conservation in the Congo Basin.

This model of fortress conservation has fostered huge social impacts and human rights abuses, the extent of which are only starting to become apparent.

The post-2020 biodiversity framework must strengthen the rights of traditional forest guardians, not undermine them.

To find out more about our sustainable conservation campaign, contact us at info@rainforestuk.org.

To explore more community data visit the MappingForRights Congo Basin Community Atlas.

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