COP15: The UN conference pushing to protect land and address climate migration
A catastrophic cocktail of land degradation, deforestation and desertification is fueling conflict, poverty, hunger and migration in the world’s most vulnerable populations. It is pushing the world toward a sixth mass extinction and fuelling biodiversity loss that could cost more than 10 per cent of the world’s annual gross domestic product, according to the United Nations.
It is also the major topic of conversation at COP15, an UN-organised conference on deforestation and desertification that started on Monday in the city of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. What COP26 was for air and climate, COP15 aims to be for land, and its protection and restoration.
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