The protection of biodiversity is too often overshadowed by the climate, deplore the four signatories of this text. These two issues are however more than ever strongly linked, they recall on this opening day of the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

The IUCN World Conservation Congress, which opens today in Marseille, and COP26 in Glasgow (November) are the two major environmental events of 2021, and they will play a decisive role in determining the future of our planet.

The recent IPCC report reminds us of the urgency of climate change, and two years ago, the IPBES warning that more than a million species are threatened with extinction was sounded. And France is not spared. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it is home to 1,742 globally threatened species and is one of the ten countries in the world with the most species.

Today, the protection of biodiversity is too often overshadowed by the climate. Yet these two issues are more than ever closely linked: ecosystems play a fundamental role in regulating the climate and climate change is one of the major threats to biodiversity.

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