The Agenda Podcast with Stephen Cole

Episode 40: Biodiversity

December 14, 2020 CGTN EUROPE
The Agenda Podcast with Stephen Cole
Episode 40: Biodiversity
Show Notes

This year the United Nations released a devastating report revealing how the world failed to meet a single one of the 20 Aichi biodiversity targets agreed in Japan in 2010. Some of these goals included harvesting fish sustainably, improving the conservation status of endangered species and minimizing the impact on coral reefs.

This week on the Agenda Podcast we look at why these goals weren’t met and what will happen if we don’t get serious about promoting biodiversity. First on the podcast we have Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity. Mrema explains why attitudes toward biodiversity are different in developing countries compared to richer nations [05:05].  

We also speak to Wu Changhua, CEO of Beijing's Future Innovation Center. She explains the responsibilities that come with hosting next year's biodiversity conference (COP15) in Kunming . Wu explains what China’s role is on the global stage when it comes to promoting biodiversity and leading the way on environmental protection [09:25]. 

Finally we talk to Thomas Crowther, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the UN's Trillion Tree Campaign. He explains why this ambitious target is one worth striving for [14:24].