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E-Forum on the Post 2010 Strategic Plan of the CBD: An Invitation to Contribute to the Updating and Revision of the Strategic Plan of the Convention

Question 5
What should the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity aim to achieve in the short term e.g. by 2020 and in the long term e.g. by 2050?
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2020: Maintain biodiversity in such a condition that it can underpin the provision of desired ecosystem services
2050: Halt the loss of biodiversity
submitted by Anonymous
Of course the Convention should aim at fulfilling its objectives, this is an obvious answer. Int he short term - by 2020 - I think that the focus should be on awareness at a high political level. The most serious problem that I see is the subsistence of a false dichotomy approach: biodiversity conservation vs. production. This is a major problem in developing countries and from my experience in other conventions, it needs high level diplomacy. For example: visits by the ES to presidents or ministers (Economy ministers, not ministers of the environment, they don't need to be convinced). High level missions to obtain commitment from governments and even understanding of the problem.
I find ot very difficult to know what we might be aiming at for 2050. I believe more in a step by step approach. Let's see what we have by 2020.
submitted by vlichtsc@ambiente.gov.ar
new target:

2010-2020 Halt the loss and erosion of biological diversity

make it clear nothing short of halting the loss must be our aim now.
submitted by Richard Laing
COP should aim to inspire players outside of the traditional biodiversity community to be engaged in biodiversity conservation. Halting biodiversity loss is not inspiring in itself. What inspires is the understanding that biodiversity conservation is in the interest of human well-being and an improved quality of life. The linkages to human well-being are a powerful means to advance the overall objectives of the convention.

In the short term COP should aim to turn the paradigm around, so that all those concerned with deteriorating quality of life understand that the protection and rehabilitation of biodiversity is an essential piece of the puzzle to maintain a high quality of life for those who are faring well, to improve quality of life for those who are suffering, and to ensure a good quality of life for future generations. The short term goal would be to have biodiversity concerns interwoven into all decision-making processes at the global level.

The long term goal would be to have biodiversity concerns interwoven into all decision-making processes at national and sub-national levels. In the long term COP should aim to achieve healthy ecosystems, a diversity of species and genetic variability to ensure a high quality of life for everyone.
submitted by Canada NFP
By 2020 the identification and protection of all sites that are the sole known location for one or more Endangered or Critically Endangered species (at a minimum and in addition to other broader goals).
submitted by Mike Parr
By 2020: halt the loss of biodiversity and demonstrate its fundamental role in providing ecosystem services that underpin the quality of life in most developing countries.

By 2050: restore post-2010 habitat degradation and, where possible, re-introduce Critically Endangered species from ex-situ collections if they exist.
submitted by Neil Brummitt
2015 (cohérence avec les objectifs du millénaire)
Stopper la perte de diversité biologique et réduction de 50% des populations soumises à la pauvreté (il faut prendre en compte que la perte de diversité biologique n’est pas la seule cause de la pauvreté).
2025 (10 ans après)
Restauration de 60% de la diversité biologique dans son état de conservation existant au milieu du XXème siècle (il est nécessaire de prendre en compte que de nombreuses espèces ont disparu et que certains écosystèmes sont irrémédiablement détruits).

submitted by Jean-Patrick LE DUC
short term: better integration of biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and human rights to halt biodiversity loss and secure human wellbeing

long term: halt biodiversity loss and restore degradaded ecosystems through continued succesfull integration of biodiversity issues, sustainable development and human rights.
submitted by Maurizio Ferrari
Short term: Get on political agenda/get political commitment, tag on relevant issues, involve stakeholders (private sector, finance minstries, etc.), provide relevant information to other political processes in a time-relevant manner, get sponsors/media attention, practical, results-based action

Long term: have solid scientific base (IPBES), price biodiversity (TEEB), monitoring and evaluation, well-functioning indicators, attitudinal and behavioural change,
submitted by Anonymous

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