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IPBES Global Assessment – Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’
Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’
The landmark IPBES report released its key findings on 7 May 2019 and makes for a sobering read. IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson emphasises that, “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” He adds a chink of light: “it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global. Through ‘transformative change’, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably.”
The report concludes that we will miss most global targets, with little hope for achieving 16 of the 20 Aichi biodiversity targets and current negative biodiversity trends “undermining” 80% of the Sustainable Development Goals – demonstrating that biodiversity loss is not just “an environmental issue, but also a developmental, economic, security, social and moral issue as well”.