Government drops biodiversity target

The government has dropped its target to halt UK biodiversity loss by 2010.

The target was criticised by an Environmental Audit Committee report last year, which said it was no longer possible to meet the target (ENDS Report 406, p 9 ).

In its response to the report, the government admitted the target was "not realistically achievable in its entirety".1 But it had effectively raised awareness and galvanised activity, it claimed. The committee suggested setting another target for 2020, which should include measurable and achievable targets for habitats and species.

However, the government said it hoped this target would be agreed internationally within the framework of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Specific habitat and species targets are already set in the UK with the biodiversity action plans, it added.

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