Advocates call for a new human rights-based approach to conservation

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Arriving via computer screens from across the globe, this week delegates to the long-delayed global biodiversity summit began the opening round of negotiations over a new international framework meant to address the world’s worsening biodiversity crisis. Originally intended to be an in-person event, pandemic concerns and global vaccine inequalities forced the meeting, known as COP15, to be held remotely, and it is now seen as a largely procedural step in advance of a larger face-to-face gathering slated for next spring in Kunming, China. On the agenda is a planet in disarray, with accelerating…

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