The commitment is a significant move as Northern Ireland continues to battle biodiversity loss.
National Museums NI has become the first local organisation to join hundreds worldwide in an international campaign to raise awareness on the immediate need to protect our natural environment as levels of interference with nature become unsustainable.
The Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity was launched on World Wildlife Day 2020 by EU Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevicius, and calls on all world science and natural history museums, botanic gardens, zoos, aquariums, research centres and national parks to raise their voices in support of nature – a call National Museums NI has now answered by signing the Coalition pledge.
It adds its voice to eleven other organisations from across the UK including Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Natural History Museum London and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, calling on all world leaders to agree on urgent measures to tackle global biodiversity loss at the crucial Conference of the Parties (CoP) 15 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in October 2021.
At a time when one million species are at risk of extinction globally, National Museum NI’s pledge is significant as Northern Ireland continues to battle with its own biodiversity loss. Recent analysis revealed that the UK languishes at the bottom of the table for the amount of nature it has left*.
Northern Ireland was revealed as the 12th worst performing country for biodiversity loss out of 240 countries**. 11% of all wildlife in Northern Ireland is threatened by extinction and 80% of its curlew population has been lost since 1987, with Fermanagh and the Antrim Hills the last remaining hotspots***.