High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

In the context of the preparation of the new global framework for biodiversity, the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC N&P), co-chaired by France and Costa Rica, and by the United Kingdom as Ocean co-chair, was launched in September 2021 during the One Planet Summit on Biodiversity. Its goal was to advocate for the world to adopt, in the new Global Biodiversity Framework, the science-based 30×30 target, which aims to conserve and manage effectively at least 30% of the land and 30% of ocean globally by 2030. Currently,17% of land and 8% of marine areas are under protection worldwide.

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COP 15: a historic agreement for biodiversity

On December 19th, 2022, after 4 years of intense discussions and more than 10 days of negotiations, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KM-GBF) was adopted during the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Montreal. The 196 member States of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have committed themselves to achieving 4 goals and 23 action targets by 2030. The effective conservation and management of at least 30% of the world’s land, coastal areas and oceans (Target 3), the restoration of 30% of terrestrial and marine ecosystems (Target 2), stopping the human induced extinction of threatened species (Target 4), mobilizing at least $200 billion per year from public and private sources for biodiversity-related funding (Target 19) are among the key targets for conservation of this landmark agreement.

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Levers of action through NBSAPs

The implementation of the Kunming Montreal GBF will require countries to develop national biodiversity and action plans (NBSAPs), mainstream biodiversity (Target 14), and take concrete action to deliver results. In France, the National Biodiversity Strategy 2030, to be published in autumn, reflects France’s commitment to the KM-GBF. Covering the years 2022 to 2030, it aims to reduce pressures on biodiversity, protect and restore ecosystems, and bring about far-reaching changes to reverse the decline in biodiversity.

30×30, a key target to deliver on KM-GBF ambition

Confirmed as a successful coalition at COP15, the HAC for Nature and People, now bringing together 117 countries (as of August 2023), is focusing on providing support to its members to implement and achieve the 30×30 Target.
The HAC will act around four key areas:
1) Strengthening political mobilization,
2) Providing support for capacity building,
3) Matchmaking technical assistance
4) Financial matchmaking.

The Global Biodiversity Framework Fund, a major financial opportunity

Approved by the Global Environment facility’s board on June 29th, the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund (GBFF) will provide support for the implementation of the KM-GBF. This new financial mechanism will be an opportunity for countries and their partners to receive funding from all sources and to quickly disburse them through streamlined procedures. It will also provide an enhanced access for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs).

Towards innovative protected areas models

Ambitious conservation targets have now been set for the 2020-2030 decade. Protected areas and conserved areas are identified as essential tools to prevent biodiversity loss and will have to be expanded in more densely populated areas in order to meet KM-GBF Target 3. In such a context, designing and managing these new protected areas in harmony with the human societies that inhabit them, ensuring equitably governed systems, recognizing indigenous and traditional territories, while protecting their biodiversity integrity and the ecosystems functions and services they provide, will be a key success factor. Exchanging best practices and sharing experience between countries can help accelerate the achievement of these objectives, and encourage the development of innovative protected area models in the spirit of the newly adopted KM-GBF.

We have the remaining years of this decade to put biodiversity on a path to recovery, and that means action now.
David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary, CBD

The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

The HAC N&P is an intergovernmental group of more than 119 countries united by the common ambition to implement the global goal of effectively conserving and managing at least 30% of the planet’s lands and oceans by 2030.

It is led by rotating co-chairs and supported by an international steering committee composed of 15 HAC N&P members.

The coalition operates through three tools, developed by the secretariat:

  • HAC 30×30 Financial Matchmaking, an online platform that connects potential funding sources with HAC N&P members to implement their Target 3 projects.
  • HAC 30×30 Technical Matchmaking, an online platform that connects HAC N&P members with technical assistance providers for the implementation of Target 3.
  • 30×30 Solutions Toolkit, an online resource providing guidance and information for implementing Target 3, developed in partnership with IUCN – WCPA and The Nature Conservancy.”


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The French HAC N&P work group

As co-chair of the HAC N&P, France is clearly committed to achieving Target 3 globally and supporting members in the implementation of this global target.

Co-piloted by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and supported by the French Biodiversity Agency, this working group is facilitated by NatureXpairs.

Bringing together French protected area managers and their networks, as well as management support structures, this working group aims to identify, structure, and make available French expertise in protected areas to HAC N&P members.

Our goal is to enhance capacities and develop new approaches to conservation, governance, and management on a global scale.

This working group aims to:

  • Identify and inventory French know-how in protected areas
  • Serve as an interface between French managers and the HAC N&P secretariat by providing the listed French technical assistance
  • Identify existing resources within HAC N&P that could benefit French managers
  • Promote and showcase French expertise internationally

This work of identifying, structuring, and providing French expertise directly feeds into the HAC N&P technical assistance matchmaking platform.

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Members of the HAC N&P work group

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