We have a plan

16 December 2010 | Audio

Throughout the two weeks of the conference in Nagoya, delegates were discussing a new plan to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s biodiversity and take urgent action to save and restore nature.

Targets to reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010 haven’t been met and the need for stronger efforts and commitments is now more urgent than ever. The new plan adopted in Nagoya consists of 20 targets designed to tackle the extinction crisis and restore the earth’s natural capital, to be achieved by 2020.

The agreement provides a wide and flexible framework, to be adapted at the regional, national and local levels, for taking specific action and integrating biodiversity into all sectors. It will also serve as a common reference for other biodiversity-related conventions, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention, allowing for more coherent and better coordinated conservation action in the future.

Jane Smart, Director of IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group tells us more about the 'new plan':