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A Robust Goal Is Needed for Species in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Version 1 : Received: 14 February 2020 / Approved: 17 February 2020 / Online: 17 February 2020 (04:13:50 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 16 April 2020 / Approved: 16 April 2020 / Online: 16 April 2020 (08:27:27 CEST)

How to cite: Williams, B.A.; Watson, J.E.; Butchart, S.H.; Ward, M.; Butt, N.; Bolam, F.C.; Stuart, S.N.; Brooks, T.M.; Mair, L.; McGowan, P.J.K.; Hilton-Taylor, C.; Mallon, D.; Harrison, I.; Simmonds, J.S. A Robust Goal Is Needed for Species in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Preprints 2020, 2020020240 Williams, B.A.; Watson, J.E.; Butchart, S.H.; Ward, M.; Butt, N.; Bolam, F.C.; Stuart, S.N.; Brooks, T.M.; Mair, L.; McGowan, P.J.K.; Hilton-Taylor, C.; Mallon, D.; Harrison, I.; Simmonds, J.S. A Robust Goal Is Needed for Species in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Preprints 2020, 2020020240

Abstract

In 2010, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 to address the loss and degradation of nature. Subsequently, almost all biodiversity indicators have continued to decline. Nevertheless, it is well established that conservation actions can make significant positive differences for species and ecosystems. Therefore, the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which is currently being developed, has immense potential to motivate efforts to ‘bend the curve’ of biodiversity loss. Here we contend that Goal B on species, as articulated in the Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Framework, is inadequate for preventing extinctions, and ambiguous regarding reversing population declines, both of which are required to achieve the CBD’s proposed 2030 mission “to put biodiversity on a path to recovery for the benefit of planet and people”. We examine the limitations of the current wording of the goal and propose an articulation with a robust scientific basis. A global goal for species that strives to end extinctions and recover populations of all threatened and depleted species can help align actors towards the transformative actions and interventions needed to allow humans to live in harmony with nature.

Subject Areas

Post-2020; Global Biodiversity Framework; Zero draft; Aichi Targets; Convention on Biological Diversity; biodiversity; extinction; Goal B; conservation; IUCN Red List

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Received: 16 April 2020
Commenter: Brooke Williams
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: This updated version has an extended authorship, and although the message remains the same, there have been substantial refinements made to the manuscript
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