“Nature knows no border” as collaboration& nature targets highlighted in Senedd debate
In the year when international cooperation on biodiversity will take centre stage as CBD COP15, the Shadow Minister for Climate Change – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has called on Ministers to work more closely with the UK Government on the response to the climate emergency and nature recovery.
A prolific supporter of statutory targets for biodiversity recovery, the Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy also warned that ‘nature cannot play second fiddle to the climate.’ Janet called on the Welsh Government to create a duty to set long term and interim targets via a framework informed by independent expertise and scientific advice.
Making clear the need for such targets, Janet said:
“When the Senedd’s CCERA Committee told the Welsh Government that their rhetoric must ‘now be met with bold and decisive action’, I was hopeful that Ministers would sit up and listen. However, the recent CCRA3 report and the increasing of 26 risks urgency scores displays a desperate need to reset our policy course. “As the Wales Environment Link have highlighted, with such a broad range of drivers, we cannot address the nature emergency solely as a subsidiary of the climate emergency. Nature cannot play second fiddle to the climate, which is why I am calling for the establishment of statutory targets. “There is strong public momentum here too, with as many as two thirds of Welsh citizens wanting to see legally binding targets for wildlife restoration. But this must be bolstered by the introduction of a long-term independent environmental governance body for Wales. To continue to place this issue on the back burner is not a choice that we have. “But nature knows no border on the British isles. Therefore, the Welsh Conservative amendment in today’s biodiversity debate was so incredibly important, urging Welsh Ministers to work more closely with the UK Government on the response to the climate emergency and nature recovery.”