You may have read a lot of articles on biodiversity, but for most ordinary people it is unclear exactly what biodiversity is and how losing it impacts people, terrestrial climates, marine and aquatic ecosystems, and the consequences for other living organisms, such as animals, plants and bacteria.
Here’s a brief explainer from EJN fellow, Tsogzolmaa Shoyor from Mongolia, reporting from the 2022 UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s 4th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in Nairobi in June 2022.
The meeting is meant to focus on the options for an emerging global agreement, to be finalized this December in Montreal, that it’s hoped will reduce the rapid pace of biodiversity loss, and offer a framework for what countries like Mongolia need to do to set humanity on course for addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss. Mongolia faces major threats to its rich biodiversity due to accelerating pressures from climate change, water shortages and land-use changes.
Leaders from 196 countries negotiated through the week.
Read more here (story published in Mongolian).
This is a summary of a story produced as part of a reporting fellowship to the 2022 UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s 4th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, led by Internews' Earth Journalism Network. It was originally published in Mongolian in Unread Media on 23 June 2022 and has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Illustration credit: Unread Media.