COP15 explained: What is the biodiversity conference and why is it important? - Natural History Museum

An agreement which will define the future of the world's biodiversity is set to be concluded in Montreal, Canada, between 5 and 17 December later this year.

But what is going to be discussed at COP15? And didn't we just have COP26? We explain what you need to know about this important summit.

What is COP15?

The 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP15, is the latest meeting in which the nations of the world will come together to discuss the world's biodiversity.

These discussions cover all forms of life from microscopic viruses to enormous whales, as well as conservation, knowledge-sharing and financial policies associated with these organisms, their protection, and their use.

The first meeting took place in 1994 in the Bahamas, and COP15 is the latest. Due to delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been split into two halves. The first part took place virtually in 2021, while the concluding part is set to take place later this year.

This was also originally due to take place in Kunming, China, but amid ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19, this meeting has been moved to Montreal, Canada.

How is it different from COP26?

While they are both Conferences of the Parties, and numbered similarly, COP15 and COP26 are not the same. While COP15 relates to biodiversity, COP26 was concerned with climate change.

At COP26, which was held in Glasgow, UK, nations around the world agreed to a range of measures, including new funding commitments, accelerated efforts to phase down the use of coal, and pledges to end deforestation by 2030.

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Posted On: 23/06/2022

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