Today marks the launch of the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3). This much anticipated flagship publication of the CBD is the product of close collaboration between the Secretariat of the CBD and the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The Outlook, an assessment of the current state of biodiversity, is being launched simultaneously in a multitude of cities across the globe. UNEP-WCMC, with our partner the Zoological Society of London, is co-ordinating the UK launch.
The 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, coordinated by UNEP-WCMC, played a critical role in the production of the Outlook by providing indicator results and content for the ‘Biodiversity in 2010’ chapter. This confirms that the world has failed to meet its target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. UNEP-WCMC, with DIVERSITAS, also provided the basis for the ‘Biodiversity Futures for the 21st Century’ chapter, which highlights the increasingly dramatic changes in the World’s ecosystems that are likely in coming decades if greater efforts to stem biodiversity decline are not made.
“The assessment of the state of the world's biodiversity in 2010, as contained in GBO-3 based on the latest indicators, over 110 national reports submitted to the Convention Secretariat, and scenarios for the 21st Century should serve as a wake-up call for humanity. Business as usual is no longer an option if we are to avoid irreversible damage to the life-support systems of our planet."
... says Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive-Secretary of the Convention on Biodiversity Diversity.
The Outlook points out that for a fraction of the money summoned up instantly by the world’s governments in 2008-9 to avoid economic meltdown, we can avoid a much more serious and fundamental breakdown in the Earth’s life support systems. In the forward to GBO-3, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon writes:
“To tackle the root causes of biodiversity loss, we must give it higher priority in all areas of decision making and in all economic sectors.”
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