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2010 Biodiversity Target

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Convention on Biological Diversity


Why Set Biodiversity Targets?

Targets are increasingly being used in various areas of public policy. Clear, long-term outcome-oriented targets that are adopted by the international community can help shape expectations and create the conditions in which all actors, whether Governments, the private sector, or civil society, have the confidence to develop solutions to common problems. By establishing targets and indicators, progress can be assessed and appropriate actions taken.

Biodiversity is crucial

As demographic pressures and consumption levels increase, biodiversity decreases, and the ability of the natural world to continue delivering the goods and services on which humanity ultimately depends may be undermined.

"Failure to conserve and use biological diversity in a sustainable manner would result in degrading environments, new and more rampant illnesses, deepening poverty and a continued pattern of inequitable and untenable growth," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned in August 2005 in a message to an international forum on biodiversity and health. In the same statement Mr. Annan added, “The (Millenium Development) Goals embody the hopes of all people for a world without hunger and poverty, where all live in freedom, with dignity and equity. Biodiversity is crucial to those hopes, especially in the area of health.”

In addition to the 2010 Biodiversity Target, the Convention has established other targets in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, and in the Programme of Work on Protected Areas.

About the Convention

History of the Convention

Convention Text

List of Parties


Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 4)

Convention Protocols

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing

Convention Bodies

Conference of the Parties (COP)

Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)

Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI)

Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP)

Working Group on Article 8(j)

Working Group on Protected Areas

Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Key Elements

Aichi Biodiversity Targets


United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020

Mechanisms for Implementation

National Biodiversity Strategies & Action Plans

National Reports

Financial Resources & Mechanism

LifeWeb for Financing Protected Areas

Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM)

Cooperation & Partnerships

South-South Cooperation

Consortium of Scientific Partners

Rio Conventions

Biodiversity-related Conventions

Japan Biodiversity Fund

Partnership Agreement

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