A historic worldwide agreement to conserve nature and channel billions of dollars toward conservation was adopted by the United Nations on Monday, but important African countries, which are home to significant areas of tropical rainforest, objected, delaying the agreement’s adoption.
The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework is the result of four years of work to create an agreement to direct global conservation efforts through 2030. It reflects the collaborative leadership of China and Canada.
The nations participating in the U.N.-sponsored COP15 biodiversity conference were discussing a text that was put forth on Sunday, and discussions addressing the agreement’s finer points continued until Monday morning.
The 30-by-30 goal, which calls for safeguarding 30% of the world’s land and oceans by the end of the decade, was the deal’s most ambitious objective.
However, disagreements over how to finance conservation efforts in developing nations resulted in protracted negotiations that ultimately failed.