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May 10, 2010

UN - GBO-3 Report - World Has Failed to Meet Global Biodiversity Goals

The United Nations Environmental Programme reported on 10 May 2010 that the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) had published a third edition of Global Diversity Outlook (GBO-3).  This publication was one of the goals of the U.N.'s International Year of Biodiversity.

GBO-3 is a comprehensive report that provides analysis of scientific assessments and national reports submitted by governments.  It provides future scenarios for biodiversity which conclude that "the world has failed to meet its target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010."

The report notes that "further loss of biodiversity could result to a severe destruction of many essential services to human societies and unrecoverable ecosystem shift to alternative, less productive states."

According to the report, some of the areas that are close to serious "tipping points" include:
"The dieback of large areas of the Amazon forest, due to the interactions of climate change, deforestation and fires, with consequences for the global climate, regional rainfall and widespread species extinctions.

The shift of many freshwater lakes and other inland water bodies to eutrophic or algae-dominated states, caused by the buildup of nutrients and leading to widespread fish kills and loss of recreational amenities.

Multiple collapses of coral reef ecosystems, due to a combination of ocean acidification, warmer water leading to bleaching, overfishing and nutrient pollution; and threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of species directly dependent on coral reef resources."
The report outlines ways that the loss of biodiversity can be stopped.  This includes a review of the way trade and demographics impact biodiversity. 

The GBO-3 Outlook will be used during discussions of the U.N. Millenium Development at the United Nations in New York from 20 to 22 September 2010.  It will also be used at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in October 2010.

For more see: 

"New Vision Required to Stave Off Dramatic Biodiversity Loss, Says UN Report," United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya, 10 May 2010.

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