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Conferencia de prensa: Multimillonarios contra la Biodiversidad: ¿Es el CDB el nuevo Twitter?

15 Dec 2022
COP15, Montreal

Civil society protest in Montreal at CBD COP15

15 de noviembre a las 16:00 Montreal – Mientras les delegades de alto nivel llegan a Montreal para las negociaciones sobre el Marco Mundial para la Diversidad Biológica, únete a les expertes de la Alianza CDB, la coalición de ONG críticas del Convenio, que reaccionarán sobre la promesa de financiación de la biodiversidad que se espera que anuncie el Bezos Earth Fund. Además presentarán una visión general y una actualización de la situación de las negociaciones sobre la movilización de recursos y el propuesto Fondo Mundial para la Diversidad Biológica.

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Why is resource mobilization so important and what are the chief concerns of scientists, activists, and Indigenous communities? Why is there a lot of criticism of the Bezos pledge? What is the current status of negotiations?

The current draft of the GBF is cause for alarm as it opens the door to “all sources of finance” including massive amounts of greenwashing funds by corporations and billionaires that have made their money through destroying biodiversity and fueling climate change. Any agreement that permits funding from carbon or biodiversity offsets and funding from harmful industries poses a huge threat. It basically means that conserving 30% of the planet would be financed through destroying 70%, to the detriment of both the Indigenous women and men who currently live in and depend on the 30% for their livelihoods, and the rest of humanity living in the 70%.

How much funding is really needed to implement the GBF and what will the sources of that funding be? What are the roles of international finance and overseas development assistance versus private finance? What is the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and why is it a threat rather than a savior to biodiversity? What is the view of NGOs on the new Global Biodiversity Fund that has been proposed?

Hear from the experts on the current status of negotiations and why ending subsidies to harmful industries and investments and ensuring finance flows do not come from activities that are destroying nature is the only way forward for our planet.



Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition, Netherlands (introductory remarks, tourism as a source of finance for biodiversity)

Jim Thomas, ETCGroup, Canada (Bezos, philanthrocapitalism)

Panganga Pungowiyi, Indigenous Environmental Network, US (billionaires and geoengineering)

Lim Li Ching, Third World Network, Malaysia (the big picture, concerns from developing countries and debt and other structural financial obstacles to biodiversity conservation)

Isaac Rojas, Friends of the Earth International, Costa Rica (the risks of carbon and biodiversity offsets as financial resources for biodiversity conservation)

Shona Hawkes, Rainforest Action Network, Australia (TNFD as a false solution)


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Contact: Ismail Wolff, + 33 7 88 85 28 59