Bezos Earth Fund Celebrates Adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework
On December 19, 2022, 196 parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Global Biodiversity Framework, a global agenda for nature over the next decade. The agreement includes the most significant commitment to land and ocean conservation in history.
Cristián Samper, Managing Director and Leader for Nature Solutions at the Bezos Earth Fund, said the following:
“The Bezos Earth Fund celebrates the adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework, a landmark agreement which aims to protect 30% of land and ocean and the restoration of 30% of degraded areas by 2030. It’s a beautiful gift to the planet and future generations.
Last year we created the Protecting Our Planet Challenge, joining forces with 10 other philanthropies pledging to invest $5 billion to support the implementation of the 30x30 initiative. Together, we have already invested more than $600 million in the past year. We also proudly support the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, now 116 strong, to realize this ambitious goal.
The Earth Fund invested $300 million in 2022 to support the creation, expansion and management of protected and conserved areas in the Congo Basin, the Tropical Andes and Western Amazon and the Eastern Tropical Pacific, including support for securing the territorial rights of Indigenous people and communities.
It’s a moment of celebration, but now the hard work of implementation begins. To be successful, the global community must work together in the right places for the greatest impact. The future of life on Earth and the well-being of its 8 billion people depend on turning these pledges into action.”