Maintaining our global biodiversity is critical and companies are stepping up.

Held on May 22, the International Day for Biological Diversity is a United Nations–sanctioned day for the promotion of biodiversity issues.  The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and its crucial role in the survival of billions around the world.

Sticking to the plan 

This year, the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity is “Be Part of the Plan” – a call to action for business, governments, communities, non-governmental organizations, lawmakers and individuals to highlight the ways they are supporting the implementation of the Biodiversity Plan – also known as the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.  

Signed in 2022 at COP15, this groundbreaking Framework includes targets to protect 30% of the planet for nature by the end of the decade and restore 30% of the planet’s degraded terrestrial, inland water, coastal and marine ecosystems. The agreement came after a shocking report released in 2019 by UNESCO, which demonstrated that human activities were responsible for a huge loss of biodiversity which amounted to 75% for terrestrial ecosystems. 

According to the UN, the increasing loss of biodiversity and ecosystems will undermine progress towards 80% of the assessed targets of its eight Sustainable Development Goals, with one million animal and plant species now threatened with extinction. Since over 80% of the human diet is provided by plants and 80% of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant-based medicines for basic healthcare, halting the loss of biodiversity is incredibly important for the survival of millions of people.  

How Carbon Balanced Paper and Print Contributes to Biodiversity Protection 

One way for the print, paper and packaging industry to get involved in protecting biodiversity is to participate in the Carbon Balanced Print and Paper program.  Currently, over 5,00 brands globally and over 40 companies in North America take part in the program which works in partnership with World Land Trust to protect some of the most biodiverse and threatened habitats on the planet. 

Currently the program funds World Land Trust’s ecosystem protection and restoration projects in Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala. 

As an example, the Khe Nuoc Trong area of Vietnam managed by WLT and it’s partner (Viet Nature) contains a number of globally iconic species including the Crested Argus, White-cheeked Crested Gibbon and the Red-shanked Douc Langur.   The forests of the Annamite lowlands are home to exceptionally rare and threatened wildlife, with many species found nowhere else on earth. Despite facing immense pressures, the area retains a rich biodiversity and has been home to many recent scientific discoveries. One of the rarest mammals in the world, the Critically Endangered Saola (Pseudoryx ngethinhensis), was only discovered in 1992.   

The project aids research into biodiversity and supports rangers to carry out joint law enforcement activities with the local authorities and other stakeholders that include patrolling, surveying hunting practices and illegal wildlife supply chains, monitoring and snare removal. These protection activities reduce pressures on the forest, preventing degradation and allowing degraded areas to revert to high-quality forest producing a climate benefit of 42,000 metric tons of CO2e annually. 

For more on all the World Land Trust projects supported by Carbon Balanced Print and Paper see https://carbonbalancedpaperna.com/wlt-projects. 

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