Celebrating our biodiversity

Jessica Walsh

This year has been declared as the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. It aims to promote the valuable role biodiversity plays in our lives, increase awareness about its threatened state, and highlight what people are doing to reduce the rate of global species loss. We, as citizens of the world, are invited to act in 2010 towards safeguarding the life on earth. Continue reading Celebrating our biodiversity

Wilson Lab Journal Club: The Convention of Biological Diversity’s Target for 2010, and beyond

By Jessica Walsh

The Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) had global target for significantly reducing the current rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. There has recently been a flurry of activity to establish a new target for beyond 2010, and to develop indicators that will measure the progress made towards reaching it.

We, as conservation scientists, have a key role to play in the development and implementation of this biodiversity target for 2020. But, before a new target is set for the coming decade, we need to make a critical assessment of the strengths and limitations of the 2010 target.

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