Nature – Protecting Biodiversity

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The Convention on Biological Diversity was signed in 1992 by 150 countries. Targets were set in Aichi, Japan in 2010 for actions to take place before 2020. Not one of these targets was met. This is not just bad news for biodiversity directly; up to a third of the needed reduction in greenhouse gases would come from a better relationship with nature, so failing to meet these targets, also has implications for global warming directly.

These are the Aichi goals. For details on the associated targets, follow the links for each goal.

  • Strategic Goal A: Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society
  • Strategic Goal B: Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use
  • Strategic Goal C: To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity
  • Strategic Goal D: Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Strategic Goal E: Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building

Greenpeace UK has an analysis of the differences between commitment and achievements for biodiversity targets. You can read about them here.