Bonn, Germany, May 19, 2008 (IUCN) – Bonn is the last formal international gathering where meaningful progress toward the achievement of the 2010 biodiversity target can be made, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
“We need to act now to stop the destruction of life on this planet,” says Sebastian Winkler, Head of IUCN’s Countdown 2010. “Although governments have promised to save biodiversity by 2010, they will not achieve this target on their own.”
“As the world wakes up to the accelerating loss of biological diversity, businesses are increasingly viewing biodiversity conservation as a potential profit centre,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN. “Governments must look to policy reforms to increase the commercial rewards for conserving biodiversity.”
IUCN wants governments to take into account the heavy economic cost of losing biodiversity. It also calls on Ministers coming to Bonn to recognize that climate change and biodiversity loss are interlinked.
“The problem of climate change and biodiversity loss requires precise and decisive action from delegates in Bonn,” adds Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “We need sophisticated and uncompromised strategies to address these issues – the world expects nothing less.”