World makes strides to halt global biodiversity loss: IUCN

16:49, May 24, 2010      

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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced on Monday that governments have made "positive moves" towards coming up with a plan to reduce the current loss of biodiversity, which is threatening the future of our planet.

Over the past two weeks, delegates at a meeting in Nairobi have been discussing the scientific and technical aspects behind a new "big plan" to save all life on earth, the planet's biodiversity.

Scientists from IUCN, who have been taking part in the discussions, say that they were encouraged by the commitment shown by governments to develop a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years, which would set targets to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss. "By 2020, we must have reduced the current pressures on biodiversity if the planet is to sustain humankind in the future," says Jane Smart, Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group. "There's been overwhelming support in Nairobi for 20 strong, ambitious but realistic targets for the next 10 years, designed to prevent the extinction crisis and restore the earth's ecosystems.

The meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to the Convention on Biological Diversity, or SBSTTA, which has been taking place in Nairobi, provides a scientific basis for targets to stem the loss of biodiversity, which were set in 2002, but have not been met.

SBSTTA has dealt with the science of proposed new targets. Next week the financial and political aspects will be discussed in Nairobi by the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI) .
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