The Barents region has magnificent water systems and their catchment areas that maintain unique biodiversity and natural products, clean waters and recreational opportunities. However, due to climate change and pressure to use natural resources, biodiversity is declining in the Barents region. Halting the loss of nature requires ambitious action from the local to the global level. At the next meeting of the parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in late 2021, the countries of the world are anticipated to agree on common goals to halt the loss of biodiversity globally.
Finland, as the chair of the BEAC Working Group on Environment, invites all interested actors in the Barents region to show their support to the Convention and the protection of freshwater biodiversity. Actors are invited to submit their projects and other activities, related to freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Voluntary Commitments Portal. By this, the Finnish chairmanship of the WGE wants to inspire actors in the Barents region to showcase existing efforts to protect biodiversity in the area and encourage new activities. The Barents region has a wealth of expertise in the protection of freshwater ecosystems, such as the restoration of rivers.
The Working Group on Environment will compile a report on submitted actions by the end of 2021. A final summary of all reported actions from the Barents region will be made by the end of 2022.
Read more about the Barents Biodiversity Initiative and download the invitation letters with instructions in different languages.
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