1098372-copy1This was part of a New Scientist headline last month.  The article by Andy Coghlan begins:

Almost everyone is bottom of the class. That’s the best that can be said for countries that signed up to an ambitious plan in 2010 to save the world’s dwindling biodiversity.  The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 set internationally agreed conservation targets known as the Aichi biodiversity targets, but rich nations in particular seem to be failing miserably.  So said five major conservation charities ahead of the 13th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, this week. By now individual countries should have drafted detailed plans to conserve their biodiversity, but only half have done so.  Worse still, 90% of the plans set targets that fall short of 20 global benchmarks.  These include halting habitat loss, saving endangered species, reducing pollution and making fishing and agriculture more sustainable and nature friendly.  And only 5% of countries are on track to meet the global benchmarks.  A fifth of countries have either made no progress since 2010, or have retreated from the global targets.  “Unless countries significantly increase their ambition, the Aichi targets will not be delivered,” warns the assessment. …

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