Accountability: G7 Elmau Progress Report 2015
The G7 has released its Elmau Progress Report: Biodiversity – A vital foundation for sustainable development.
Publication has been timed to coincide with the International Day for Biological Diversity. Every year, prior to the meeting of heads of state and government, the G7 presents a report on the progress it has made in meeting its development-related commitments. Abundant biological diversity and intact ecosystems are the foundations of our survival. Safeguarding these vital elements is essential for sustainable development worldwide.
For many years now, Germany and the other G7 countries have been providing substantial levels of funding for the conservation of biodiversity. These countries are among the largest donors for biodiversity protection. Together with their partner countries, they are engaged in many different programmes in this field.
In Heiligendamm in 2007 and in Deauville in 2011, the G7 already made a commitment to intensify its efforts to protect our planet's vital natural resources. The present Report provides a transparent account of the progress made towards slowing the loss of biodiversity.
The Report contains the following key political messages:
- The G7 acknowledges the importance of biodiversity for human well-being, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
- The G7 has acted on its commitment through policies, finance and other means to protect species and their habitats while also addressing the multiple causes of biodiversity loss.
- The G7 is aware that significant challenges still need to be tackled in order to improve the status of biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide.
In its latest Progress Report, the G7 also acknowledges the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for other development goals, especially poverty reduction, food security, health, and climate action. The Report thus also shows the potential synergies between various commitments that the G7 has made in different fields.