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Colombia commits to prioritizing nature in upcoming global environmental talks

As Colombia gears up to host the Cop16 summit, Environment Minister Susana Muhamad emphasizes nature's crucial role in addressing the climate crisis.

Patrick Greenfield reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • Colombia, preparing for the Cop16 biodiversity summit, aims to integrate nature conservation into the global environmental agenda.
  • The summit in Cali will see nations presenting plans to meet biodiversity targets, including protecting and restoring 30% of land and sea.
  • Colombia's leadership, including President Gustavo Petro, is advocating for stronger support and funding for biodiversity-rich countries.

Key quote:

"Although the climate is affecting biodiversity, nature is an answer to the climate crisis. It is not the only answer but it is a very important pillar."

— Susana Muhamad, Colombia’s Environment Minister

Why this matters:

Colombia's focus on nature at the Cop16 summit emphasizes the link between biodiversity and climate health, an important consideration for global environmental policies and actions. This approach could shape future strategies in the fight against climate change, impacting health outcomes worldwide.

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