Step up aspirations to save biodiversity as 2010 begins

03 January 2010 | News story
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We need to set higher goals to save the natural world say IUCN's President Ashok Khosla and Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre in the latest issue of Nature.

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2010 targets are likely to aim for a halt in biodiversity loss by 2050 and for ‘more modest’ interim targets for 2020 (Nature 461, 1037; 2009). Global aspirations need to be much higher than this to avert the accelerating and catastrophic decline in the variety of life forms on Earth.

A 2050 vision should aim both to arrest this loss and to restore the populations, habitats and ecological cycles that support biodiversity and ecosystem services. A 40-year horizon should be about right, given that the restoration of forests, wetlands, coral reefs and other habitats depends on species and processes that often have decades-long generational periods.

We should, at the very least, aim to maintain biodiversity and the health of ecosystems as they are now — in particular, by setting an intermediate target to prevent further extinctions.

The deadline for achieving ‘more modest’ targets should be 2015, not 2020. That would synchronise it with the Millennium Development Goals (J. D. Sachs et al. Science 325, 1502–1503; 2009) and with the timeframe of political cycles, which would help to ensure that elected politicians successfully deliver the target to their constituencies.


4 Comentarios
1 M M Mahbub Hasan
Before thinking of conservation of bio-diversity we have to consider the following issues;
a)review existing policies;
b) to conduct research;
c) to sensitize of local people;
b) capacity building of grassroots NGOs, CSOs, CBOs and LEBs etc;
e) to mobilize local people;
d) advocacy and lo
March 5, 2010 - 07:12
2 kazi Zaved Khalid Pasha
besides the community mobilization, policy advocacy and sensitization of the policy makers is essential for effective biodiversity conservation. An integrated approach can be more effective.
January 19, 2010 - 04:57
3 Alok Mishra
community mobilization and awareness at each and every level of the society is the most fundamental and effective way for nature conservation. Without this, all the exercise will be futile.
Only "together we can achieve extraordinary" and together means each and every individual of the society.
January 11, 2010 - 13:37
4 Silvia
Yes, Together we can!
Se todos fizerem sua parte mobilizando as autoridades e diminuindo o impacto de seus próprios atos sob o ambiente natural, conseguiremos preservar a frágil diversidade biológica e diminuir a extinção de espécies no mundo todo.
January 7, 2010 - 21:52
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