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Lightening the load - removing environmental pressures to set global biodiversity on a path to recovery in Kunming

Pollution is a key driver of biodiversity loss and has a harmful impact on our health and environment. While the EU has a solid legal framework in place to reduce pollution, greater efforts are still required. Biodiversity is suffering from the release of nutrients, chemical pesticides, pharmaceuticals, hazardous chemicals, urban and industrial wastewater, and other waste including litter and plastics. All of these pressures must be reduced. The EU is ready to lead all efforts – working with like-minded partners around the world - on Zero Pollution Ambition as part of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.


  • Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission
  • Anna Engleryd, Chair, Executive Body, Air Convention  
  • Carlos Martin Novella, Deputy Executive Secretary, Basel-Rotterdam-Stockholm Conventions
  • Mark A. Sutton, Environmental Physicist, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology


  • Aleksandar Rankovic, Sciences Po, author of IDDRI Brief “Mobilising the chemical conventions to protect biodiversity”, 2019
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