Measuring success: The path to real conservation gains

January 1, 2022


What has been the impact of policies adopted at the last U.N. Biodiversity Summit in 2010?

Walter Jetz: The previous international commitments for biodiversity conservation— the Aichi 2020 Targets [adopted in 2010] — which, for example stipulated a designation of 17% of lands and 10% of oceans as protected areas, resulted in some important progress. But overall, the activities it spurred were insufficient. Many of the agreed-on targets were missed, and we continue to witness major biodiversity decline.”
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