International Year of Biodiversity closes on a depressing note

International Year of Biodiversity closes on a depressing note

10/21/2010

The 193 UN parties to the 1993 Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) are meeting in Japan this month, including Canada. This coincides with the release of the United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Law Division report entitled Ethics, Justice and the Convention on Biodiversity.  The report looks back on the implementation of the CBD.

The report provides the dramatic conclusion that “since 1992 little has been achieved with regard to slowing down the rate of extinction.”  The report relies on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and cites the failure of the Convention Parties strategic plan from 2002 to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 in stark terms, stating that “The 2010 Global Biodiversity Challenge was not achieved.”

Read “International Year of Biodiversity Closes on a Depressing Note” on the ELC blog.

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