Comment on outcome of UN biodiversity summit

What does COP15 mean for the UK?

By Tricia Curmi

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Commenting on the outcome of the COP15 UN biodiversity summit, Matt Williams, land analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said:

"The UK has played an important part in striking a new global deal for nature. Because rainforests and peatlands store huge amounts of carbon this is a big win for the climate.

“But, like its climate leadership being undermined by approving a new coal mine, the Government's nature leadership may be undermined by the new, weak environmental targets it has just published back home. They include reducing aspirations on tree planting and no target for the condition of England's nature reserves that help to store carbon."

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