Nature is in crisis, placing human and planetary health at risk. This decade must be the turning point where we recognize the value of nature, place it on the path to recovery and transform our world to one where people, economies and nature thrive.

What is the Global Goal for Nature?

Nature Positive is a global societal goal defined as ‘Halt and Reverse Nature Loss by 2030 on a 2020 baseline, and achieve full recovery by 2050’. To put this more simply, it means ensuring more nature in the world in 2030 than in 2020 and continued recovery after that. Read the full definition here.

The global goal for nature defines what is needed to halt and reverse today’s catastrophic loss of nature. It is supported by a number of organizations that ask governments to adopt the goal at the international level, which each country, the private sector, communities and others can contribute to achieving.

A global goal for nature embraced at the highest levels must drive ambition in governments, business and society. It will work alongside the UN Convention on Biological Diversity 's Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and overarching mission to halt and reverse nature loss. This agreement and a global goal for nature also creates the opportunity for links between biodiversity and other conventions/agreements such as climate, ocean and land degradation.

Graph to show bending the curve on nature loss to be nature positive by 2030

A Global Goal for Nature - in parallel to the UN Climate Convention's “net zero” emissions goal – is our guiding light in securing a nature-positive world by 2030, by taking urgent action to halt nature loss now

We need to halt and reverse nature loss measured from a baseline of 2020, through increasing the health, abundance, diversity and resilience of species, populations and ecosystems so that by 2030 nature is visibly and measurably on the path of recovery.

By 2050, nature must recover so that thriving ecosystems and nature-based solutions continue to support future generations.



“Key natural ecosystems are heading towards irreversible tipping points with dangerous consequences for the stability of our planet. This is why we need to set our global compass to halt and reverse nature loss to safeguard human and planetary health.

A global goal for nature aiming at achieving a net positive outcome by 2030 is crucial to secure a nature-positive future for humanity within our planetary boundaries.”

Professor Johan Rockstrom
Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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