WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) — Environmental organizations Thursday accused world leaders of failing to meet their commitments to reduce the Earth’s biodiversity losses by 2010.
The accusations are made in a study said to represent the first assessment of how the targets set at the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity have not been met.
The researchers said they looked at more than 30 measures of different aspects of biodiversity and found no evidence that there had been a significant reduction in the rate of decline of biodiversity.
“Our analysis shows that governments have failed to deliver on the commitments they made in 2002. Biodiversity is still being lost as fast as ever, and we have made little headway in reducing the pressures on species, habitats and ecosystems,” said Dr. Stuart Butchart of the U.N. Environment Program. “Our data show 2010 will not be the year that biodiversity loss was halted, but it needs to be the year in which we start taking the issue seriously and substantially increase our efforts to take care of what is left of our planet.”
Matt Foster of Conservation International, added: “The steep loss of biodiversity is affecting all of us, but mainly those who are already the most vulnerable and dependent on nature for water, food and medicines. World leaders meeting in Japan this October must be more ambitious in halting biodiversity loss — our survival depends on it.”
The study appears in the journal Science.
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