2021 promises to be a crucial year for biodiversity with a series of international summits that should lead to the development of a new framework to better protect our ecosystems. It starts this Monday with the One Planet Summit, organised from the Elysée Palace.
Maud Lelièvre, President of the French IUCN Committee, invites us to put the impact of these missed meetings into perspective. These summits have all been postponed to 2021,” she says. Admittedly, the decisions have been postponed by a year, which is no mean feat given the pressures that are currently weighing on natural ecosystems. On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic [a zoonosis] has shown even more clearly that the biodiversity crisis is a major political issue. This health crisis has had at least this revealing effect on many people.