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COP27 Biodiversity Day: ENACT to Drive Global Climate-Nature Action

The COP27 Presidency, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN), has announced the development of the Enhancing Nature-based Solutions for an Accelerated Climate Transformation (ENACT) partnership. It aims to facilitate collective action to address the integrated challenges of climate change, nature degradation and biodiversity loss through nature-based solutions (NbS). ENACT will work as a hub for governments and non-state actions to bring “global coherence” to their individual and ongoing efforts to upscale NbS, including amplifying commitments and promoting sustainable practices. There will also be an annual ‘State of Nature-based Solutions’ report published for the COP Presidencies. Climate champions of the 2015 Paris Agreement have also today issued a call to action to world leaders ahead of COP15 in Montreal next month, emphasising the importance of securing “a strong sister agreement for nature”. An ambitious and transformative Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) will be essential if key goals agreed under the Paris Agreement are to be achieved, they said. Signatories to call include COP21 President Laurent Fabius and President of COP20 and CBD COP15 Action Agenda for Nature and People Champion Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. But a new survey of more than 400 business, science, civil society and government leaders has revealed that 61% believe there has been a societal failure to account for nature’s value. Just 7% of respondents said governments are performing well in protecting nature, according to global insights and advisory consultancy GlobeScan, adding that 8% said the private sector is performing well. Fifty-five percent and 61% said government action and private sector action are ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ respectively. Chris Coulter, GlobeScan’s CEO, said: “There is a unique opportunity for companies to help develop solutions and advance collaboration with governments, communities, NGOs and scientists. We need everyone to contribute to more inclusive and integrated approaches that effectively address the loss of nature and biodiversity, climate change and social inequality.” 

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