Groups gather from around the globe to fight extinction of species and in some cases total ecosystem collapse

Diverse group to save biodiversity

Representatives from over 200 countries will meet in Nagoya, Japan, to set targets to reduce biodiversity loss by 2020. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) believes new economies can be built to stop the global crisis by promoting greener infrastructure and principles.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman stated that the global cost of one year’s worth of deforestation is estimated at between $2–$5trn.

The draft declaration of the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010 acknowledged that the targets set at the 2002 summit were summarily missed. This sounded the warning bells that changes must be increased or rates of species extinction, and even possible ecosystem collapse, will become imminent threats.

CIWEM Executive Director Nick Reeves said: “It would be a tremendous signal if representatives of 200 countries can agree a 2020 target to significantly reduce losses in biological diversity. We must hope that the failure to agree a target for 2010 will provide the impetus to act this time. In these straightened times, the world must recognize that a strong economic future is reliant on a strong ecological future.”

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