Biomuseo joins the Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity

  • The Coalition seeks to increase awareness about the current natural crisis.

  • The Biomuseo is the first Panamanian institution to join this international initiative.

The Biomuseo is proud to announce that it is the first Panamanian institution to join the Global Coalition "United for Biodiversity", an initiative by the European Union (EU) to raise awareness among communities and their leaders regarding the importance of biological diversity and the need to protect it at a time of great urgency due to the current environmental crisis.

The Global Coalition was launched by the EU Commissioner for the Environment Virginijus Sinkevičius on March 3rd, 2020, to emphasize the terrible threat to which the planet's wildlife is subjected and to enlist the help of scientific, environmental and educational institutions and organizations from all over the world.

“We urgently need to take action, at all levels, from local to global, otherwise, our only chance of seeing nature is in these institutions. That would be a failure of humankind. It is time for us to reconnect with nature”, Sinkevičius said.

The urgency of this appeal responds to the alerts issued by the international scientific community, which warns us that there are currently around a million species that are in danger or on the verge of extinction. Most of it is due to human influence through deforestation, pollution, and global warming. According to experts, we are witnessing an unprecedented environmental crisis and the rate of extinctions is accelerating.

“The Biomuseo is an institution specialized in the education and promotion of biodiversity and this is why we have joined the Global Coalition 'United for Biodiversity' with great conviction and determination. Through this initiative, we add our voice to the global clamor for a humanity that is more responsible to nature and that aspires to live in harmony with all the variety of life on Earth. We want to invite our community and our allies to come together and take care of our planet”, says Victor Cucalón Imbert, Executive Director of the Biomuseo.

This year, the Global Coalition's goals take on even more urgency as we approach the most important international meeting on biodiversity. Called CoP 15, it will be held in the Chinese city of Kunming from October 11-24. At this event, world leaders will come together to assess the achievements derived from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and set new goals. Signed in 1993 by Panama, the EU and 194 other states, the CBD is the first global agreement that addresses all aspects of biodiversity and recognizes that its conservation is "a common concern for humanity.".

As the CoP 15 draws nearer, the Global Coalition "United for Biodiversity" urges all governments to carry out urgent and more ambitious measures to adopt a new global system that guarantees the protection and restoration of nature as an integral part of the development of nations.

“Panama has an enviable biodiversity and is the focus of countless scientific studies that have allowed us to better understand and appreciate the natural world. For this reason, at the Biomuseo we believe that it is logical for Panama to be part of international efforts to promote the protection of nature. It is time for everyone in Panama and the whole world to unite for biodiversity. We depend on it and together we can make a difference", said Cucalón Imbert.

The Global Coalition has so far brought together more than 300 entities and organizations from 51 countries around the world such as the Natural History Museum in London, the Real Jardín Botánico in Madrid, the Bronx Zoo in New York and the EcoExploratorio of Puerto Rico. As an official member, the Biomuseo encourages its partners and all world institutions to join the Global Coalition and speak out in favor of our common commitment.

For more information on the Global Coalition “United for Biodiversity”, the importance of biological diversity and the CoP 15, follow the posts on social media using the hashtags #UnitedforBiodiversity, #UnidosporlaBiodiversidad, #CoP15, #ForNature and #PorLaNaturaleza.

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Biomuseo

Contact
Darién Montañez
dmontanez@biomuseo.org

Interested institutions can contact:
ec-biodiversity-coalition@ec.europa.eu (Gilles.DOIGNON@ec.europa.eu en cc)

Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity Website:
https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/coalition/index_en.htm

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