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Ilkley event to discuss the global and national crisis in biodiversity


A joint event hosted by Climate Action Ilkley, Wharfedale Naturalists Society and U3A Environment Forum to discuss the global and national crisis in biodiversity.


Wildlife in freefall - is the COP15 Global Biodiversity Framework a turning point? will take place at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley on Wednesday 26 April from 7:30pm.


A spokesperson said: “The United Nations has declared that the planet is experiencing a dangerous decline in nature as a result of human activity. It is experiencing its largest loss of life since the dinosaurs. One million plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades. At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, December 2022, 188 nations signed a landmark agreement.


“The Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) aims to address biodiversity loss, restore ecosystems and protect indigenous rights. It includes concrete measures to halt and reverse nature loss, including putting 30% of the planet and 30% of degraded ecosystems under protection by 2030.”


Speaking at the event will be Rory Canavan, Associate Director of Arup, was at COP15 and will give his perspective, and Ian Brand, President of Wharfedale Naturalists Society will summarise trends from 70+ years of recording local wildlife


There will be a Q&A and discussion afterwards.


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