Doubled biodiversity aid still falls short of estimated needs

Biodiversity aid is to double by 2015 but remains 15-44 times below the amount a high-level panel has estimated is needed. Businesses can help plug the gap, it says.

Developed nations agreed to double bio­diversity aid by 2015 at the 11th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India.

In exchange developing countries must aim by 2015 to include biodiversity in national development plans and set up national financial schemes for wildlife to ensure best use is made of the money.

Agreement on funding was a vital missing ingredient in 2010 when parties to the convention set targets to halt biodiversity loss by 2020 (ENDS Report 430, pp 64-65).

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