"The United States will help other nations achieve a key pledge of an anticipated new global nature pact - to protect at least 30% of the planet's land and seas by 2030, Washington's top biodiversity envoy said.
While the United States has never formally joined the 1992 U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), it hopes its support for the "30 by 30" goal will drive more ambitious efforts to protect nature among about 195 member countries gathered in Montreal to finalise a nature protection deal.
The draft pledge has gained support from more than 110 nations, including the United States.
"We are very interested in seeing the 30 by 30 framework adopted and in supporting other countries in achieving those goals," Monica Medina, U.S. special envoy for biodiversity and water resources, said in an interview ahead of the COP15 nature talks in Canada."
Michael Taylor reports for Thomson Reuters Foundation December 9, 2022.
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