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March 5th, 2018 / World Economc Forum, Switzerland

Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity writes:
The signs that we are damaging the planet are everywhere. Denuded forests empty of animals, plastic pollution clogging the oceans, and fewer bees to pollinate our crops, are all testament to the failure of our model of production and consumption to build a society in balance with nature. If we add the impacts of runaway climate change, it all seems very bleak.

We have to act now to stop the loss of biodiversity before things get out of control. The world has agreed to take steps to do this. In 2010, governments around the world adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. This plan and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets represent a roadmap towards a sustainable future and are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Eight years on, many countries have translated these targets into actions that will make a difference for nature and biodiversity at the national level. But we know now that this is not enough to ensure that targets will be met — additional action is required.

The world needs to live up to the promises already made. We have a gap between ambition and implementation. The steps that have been taken to save biodiversity are not enough relative to the tremendous pressure we see, a pressure that will increase in the years to come. Read more