Global target to reduce biodiversity loss missed

The International Year of Biodiversity 2010 was supposed to be marked by a significant cut in the rate of biodiversity loss. But the global target has not been met

World governments have failed to stem the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. Instead, pressures on biodiversity are increasing.

The 2010 target was agreed eight years ago by the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 193 parties. It was widely anticipated that the target would be missed. Confirmation came on 10 May at a meeting of the convention’s scientific body with the publication of the third Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO3).1 The report is based on over 500 published assessments and 120 national submissions.

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