Kuala Lumpur (24 February 2022)--A poll of more than 1,000 Malaysians revealed overwhelming support for a global target to protect at least 30% of the planet's land and ocean by 2030. Almost all respondents-- 96%--support the global goal, with your people, between the ages of 18 and 24, the most supportive of the goal. Of all respondents, 84% want the government to also support the global target.
Commissioned by Malaysia’s Atri Advisory, the survey was conducted by Vase.ai, a well established polling company in the region. Conducted over three days in February, the poll is the first-ever to measure public opinion in Malaysia on the global 30x30 goal in the lead up to a major biodiversity summit later this year in Kunming, China. There, 190 countries--including Malaysia--are expected to finalize and approve a global strategy, known as the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), designed to stave off a biodiversity crisis that threatens up to one million species with extinction in the coming decades.
Negotiators from these countries will gather in-person in Geneva, Switzerland 13-29 March to iron out the details of the GBF, which includes a target to protect 30x30 as one of its central elements.
The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC)--an intergovernmental coalition of more than 80 countries co-chaired by Costa Rica, France, and the UK is championing the 30x30 goal. Cambodia is the first and currently only HAC member from the ASEAN region. Other Asian members include Japan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Maldives.
Overwhelming scientific evidence and economic data shows that conserving at least 30% of the planet’s land and ocean is a key way to help address global biodiversity loss--in addition to storing carbon, preventing future pandemics, bolstering economic growth, increasing fisheries’ production, and advancing Indigenous rights.
The economic benefits of conserving 30x30 are strong: an independent study prepared by more than 100 economists and experts found that meeting the 30% target will generate financial and ecosystem services benefits at least five times the cost.
The new opinion poll released today also found 96% of Malaysians were either extremely or very concerned about the biodiversity crisis. The same poll was also conducted in the Philippines and Malaysia, with similar results: for example, 95% in the Philippines and 98% in Indonesia support the global 30x30 goal.
"The survey reflects the staggering support of citizens in the region for their governments to endorse the proposal to protect 30% of the planet by 2030 and to take urgent steps to halt biodiversity loss. To do otherwise is not an option. It is incumbent upon our political leaders and policymakers to listen to the people and join the rest of the world in this crucial effort."
-- Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid, Chair, Atri Advisory and Science Advisor to the Campaign for Nature, and Founding Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
“This poll shows not only how broadly popular the 30x30 target is, but how important nature conservation is for younger generations in particular. We know what is at stake: our future. We hope that the Malaysian government will support this key global proposal and act with the urgency that youth across our country know is necessary.”
-- Datuk Ali Kadir, Chairman of Amanah Lestari Alam
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