Commonwealth adopts ‘Living Lands Charter’ for future generations

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The Commonwealth leaders have adopted the Living Lands Charter at the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

What is the Living Lands Charter?

It is a non-binding agreement adopted by the Commonwealth member countries.

Purpose: The charter mandates member countries to safeguard global land resources and arrest land degradation while acting against climate change, biodiversity loss and towards sustainable management. 

On Climate Change, the charter will help to hold the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It will do this through a mixture of policy influence, financing, technical assistance, governance and sharing of knowledge across nations.

The charter also recognises the vulnerabilities of ecosystems owing to land degradation, biodiversity loss, and climate change. The agreement hence seeks to strengthen synergies and coordinated action at national, regional, and global levels of relevant actions under the three Rio Conventions – namely UNFCCC, UNCBD and UNCCD.

Moreover, the commonwealth members have also agreed to voluntarily dedicate ‘living land’ in their respective countries to future generations, in line with the strategy set for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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Source: The post is based on the article “Commonwealth adopts ‘Living Lands Charter’ for future generations” published in Down To Earth on 27th June 2022

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