Climate and biodiversity policies need to be better connected, and addressing climate change and biodiversity decline together is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This is the call of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), a global network of more than 140 science academies.
The statement outlines how measures that benefit biodiversity have the potential to support climate action and vice versa. It also discusses instances where approaches to address climate change can undermine efforts to protect or enhance biodiversity. Some policy measures are beneficial in both areas, but this is not guaranteed.
Climate change and biodiversity decline are predominantly caused by human activities and have profound consequences for people and the ecosystems on which we depend. The UN conferences on biodiversity () and on climate change () this and next year provide an opportunity to focus international attention on the interconnectedness and interdependence of climate change and biodiversity.
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