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Countdown to the COP15 agreement

Dr Ruth Mitchell
Countdown to the COP15
“Scotland's nature is incredibly important to us, nature is able to inspire us to a better world, and to paraphrase Rabbie Burns, we hope these doors give you a spark of nature's fire”

COP15 is currently taking place in Montreal, Canada, where governments from around the world have gathered, aiming to agree on a new set of goals to guide global action through 2030 to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity.

To support and highlight the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15), we have created a ‘Countdown to the COP15 agreement’ biodiversity calendar. The Institute’s calendar has been running since the 1st of December 2022 and will finish on the last day of the biodiversity conference.

The stories featured behind the calendar doors are all projects and work carried out by the Institute featuring our contribution to biodiversity research.

We have been posting updates from the calendar online via our Twitter account, where we have encouraged everyone to open a biodiversity door each morning. Doors have also been opened by a number of Institute colleagues, as well as some other familiar faces.

Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the Institute, opened door 1, he said: “Scotland's nature is incredibly important to us, nature is able to inspire us to a better world, and to paraphrase Rabbie Burns, we hope these doors give you a spark of nature's fire.”

Dr Ruth Mitchell recently opened door number 9, you can view the opening below. You can also scroll through our Twitter feed to see who has opened previous doors.

We have also created a video series in support of COP15, around some of the great work and research we do regarding biodiversity. You can view the video ‘New technologies to discover and protect biodiversity’, featuring Dr Andrea Britton, a plant and soil ecologist at the Institute, below.

Please follow us on Twitter to ensure you don’t miss any of our content on COP15.

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