Several reports have been published this week detailing the state of nature in the UK and around the world.
And it’s not good news.
The RSPB has published analysis of UN-set biodiversity targets for the UK, which shos that the country has failed to reach 17 out of 20 targets. The Government says it failed on 2/3 of targets agreed at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010, but the RSPB analysis suggests the reality is worse. On six of the 20 targets the UK has actually gone backwards.
You can read the RSPB report ‘A Lost Decade for Nature‘ here.
The 20 targets included things like
- preventing extinctions of known species, and improving their conservation status
- creation of protected areas, both terrestrial and marine
- mobilisation of financial resources to improve biodiversity
The Guardian has a report on this here.
Living Planet Report
The WWF and Zoological Society of London’s biennial Living Planet report was also published recently, showing that wildlife populations are in freefall around the world. This is driven by human overconsumption, population growth and intensive agriculture, according the report.
Since 1970, global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have been monitored, with populations plunging by 68%. The same report 2 years ago reported a drop of 60%, so a shocking 8% loss in two years is one of the headlines this year.
UN biodiversity report
The final report to be published is the UN Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, which looks at the global targets around biodiversity, as the RSPB report looks at the UK ones.
The targets cover vanishing ecosystems, and endangered species, and the report reveals that while 6 of the goals were ‘partially achieved’, the rest were not.