UK set to miss biodiversity goals

The UK is failing on 14 out of 19 United Nations biodiversity targets, including halting species decline and improving the condition of protected sites, according to a progress report published this week by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

The Aichi biodiversity targets were set in 2010 under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and are supposed to be met by 2020.

However, while the statutory government advisor noted that overall, the UK “has made a lot of good progress”, it said it was “fair to note that there is still more progress required in other areas”.

On the 14 indicators flagged red, the JNCC said there had been “progress towards a target but at an insufficient rate”. It therefore seems unlikely the UK will achieve its targets by 2020.

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