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A Far More Ambitious Species Goal is Needed for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Version 1 : Received: 14 February 2020 / Approved: 17 February 2020 / Online: 17 February 2020 (04:13:50 CET)

How to cite: Williams, B.A.; Watson, J.E.; Ward, M.S.; Butt, N.; Simmonds, J.S. A Far More Ambitious Species Goal is Needed for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Preprints 2020, 2020020240 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0240.v1). Williams, B.A.; Watson, J.E.; Ward, M.S.; Butt, N.; Simmonds, J.S. A Far More Ambitious Species Goal is Needed for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Preprints 2020, 2020020240 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0240.v1).

Abstract

Urgent action is required to ‘bend the curve’ on biodiversity loss. However, the ‘species goal’ (Goal B) unveiled in the recently released Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) is inadequate for mobilizing conservation actions to achieve the outcomes required to halt and reverse species declines. Here we examine the limitations of the goal as presented in the Zero Draft and propose a more ambitious goal for species. The conservation community must ensure that the species goal of the GBF captures what is actually needed from a species perspective for the Post-2020 Framework to achieve its 2030 mission “to put biodiversity on a path to recovery for the benefit of planet and people”, lest the mission be doomed from the start.

Subject Areas

species goal; post-2020; Global Biodiversity Framework; CBD; conservation

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