World makes strides to halt global biodiversity loss: IUCN (2)

16:49, May 24, 2010      

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IUCN says we have to make sure that these targets are accepted by WGRI and that politicians don't disregard the science.

WGRI will finalize exactly what wording to recommend to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Nagoya, Japan, in October on the post- 2010 Strategic Plan, including its vision, mission, strategic goals and targets.

The third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook shows that biodiversity loss is continuing at unprecedented rates.

The edition says urgent action is needed to ensure the resilience of people and nature, and to avoid catastrophic tipping points.

Recovering from such dramatic changes is impossible in many instances and always difficult and costly. 'Business as usual' will not achieve a future for biodiversity. "There is a need for a 'step change' in ambition for the targets set for 2020, if the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity are to be met," adds Jane Smart. "As Parties move into detailed negotiations on the draft Strategic Plan there will be a need to consider the driving context underpinning the decisions," the conservation group says. "Is it for example the global economic situation and the need for cuts in overall public expenditure? Or is it to invest now in what is necessary to halt biodiversity loss, and so avoid the much larger costs of inaction?"

IUCN urges Parties to 'seize the moment' and take the second of these two options and invest in what is necessary now.

WGRI could therefore be a different kind of tipping point -- a positive one that would guarantee a future for all life on earth, setting the stage for discussions that will take place when governments meet later in the year in Nagoya. This will be the most important meeting the world's decision makers will ever attend.

The eyes of the world will now focus on the meeting in Nagoya, seen by many as a last ditch attempt to stop the alarming rate of biodiversity loss.


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