Thursday, September 02, 2010

World Governments miss 2010 biodiversity target

According to this article, world leaders have not only failed to deliver commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, but have instead overseen alarming biodiversity decline. According to Dr. Stuart Butchart of Birdlife International and the monitoring centre (UNEP-WCMC), the paper's lead author, " biodiversity is still being lost as fast as ever, and we have made little headway in reducing the pressure on species, habitats and ecosystems". Compiling over 30 indicators -measures of different aspects of biodiversity, including changes in species' populations and risk of extinction, the study found no evidence for a significant reduction in the rate of decline of biodiversity and the pressures facing biodiversity continue to increase. He goes on to say that 2010 will not be the year that biodiversity loss was halted, but the year in which the issue was taken seriously. More on this study is available in World Birdwatch journal in the HOORC Library.

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