196 countries agreed to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in 2010 which laid out a 10-year plan to conserve the world’s biodiversity, promote sustainability, and protect ecosystems.
However, ten years later, there was only little improvement with only six of the 20 targets being ‘partially met’.
CNN reported that each target had the goal of being achieved by 2020. The six targets partially met are: preventing invasive species, conserving protected areas, access to and sharing benefits from genetic resources, biodiversity strategies and action plans, sharing information, and mobilizing resources.
On September 15, the UN created and published the Global Biodiversity Outlook report.
While it’s good that we have made some little progress, some of the targets were not only failed to be met but have seen things get worse apparently. One concern in particular stated in the report is the ‘critical threat to freshwater diversity’.
“During the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, countries have worked to address many of the causes of biodiversity loss.
However, those efforts have not been sufficient to meet most of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets established in 2010.Much greater ambition is needed,” Security General of the UN António Guterres said in the report.
Guterres added that in the report, they would outline a new plan called the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity in the hope of achieving the plan’s goals in the next 40 years.
“As we emerge from the immediate impacts of the pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity to incorporate the transitions outlined in this Outlook to put the world on track to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity,” Guterres said.
“Part of this new agenda must be to tackle the twin global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss in a more coordinated manner, with the understanding that climate change threatens to undermine all efforts to conserve and sustainably manage biodiversity and that nature itself offers some of the most effective solutions to avert the worst impacts of a warming planet.
“We know what needs to be done, what works, and how we can achieve good results. If we build on what has already been achieved and place biodiversity at the heart of all our policies and decisions – including in COVID-19 recovery packages – we can ensure a better future for our societies and the planet,” Inger Andersen, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme added.