Countdown 2010: Save Biodiversity


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  • It's so important to understand why biodiversity is so important these days! Here's a video where the French IUCN president, Florian Kirchner, explains us the reasons :
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  • Countdown 2010: Save Biodiversity

    1. 1. Title slide Countdown 2010: Take action to save biodiversity! Sebastian Winkler Head of Countdown 2010 [email_address]
    2. 2. Loss of nature – loss of life <ul><li>Species go extinct at more than 100 times the normal rate. </li></ul><ul><li>The average abundance of species has declined by 40% in thirty years. </li></ul><ul><li>Two of three ecosystem services are declining. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Biodiversity makes a difference <ul><li>Ecosystem services are worth 33 trillion $ annually: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food and medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fresh air and clean water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>protection from natural disasters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and the pleasure of walking through a forest in spring time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>63% of Europeans think that protecting the environment should take priority over economic competitiveness </li></ul>
    4. 4. The 2010 Biodiversity Target <ul><li>“ to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national levels as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth ” </li></ul><ul><li>Decision VI/26 CBD Strategic Plan 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>“ that biodiversity decline should be halted with the aim of reaching this objective by 2010“ </li></ul><ul><li>Presidency Conclusions of the EU Summit in Göteborg, 2001 </li></ul>
    5. 5. The 2010 biodiversity target: A timeline Gothenburg Environment for Europe: Kiev Johannesburg Malahide The Hague 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2009 Nairobi EC Biodiversity Communication Bonn Environment for Europe: Belgrade … World Summit New York
    6. 6. … mind the implementation gap!
    7. 7. What is Countdown 2010? <ul><li>A powerful network of active partners working together to reach the 2010 biodiversity target </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Countdown 2010 Objectives <ul><li>Encourage and support the full implementation of all the existing binding international commitments and necessary actions to save biodiversity; </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate clearly what progress Europe makes in meeting the 2010 biodiversity target. </li></ul><ul><li>Gain maximum public attention across Europe for the challenge of saving biodiversity by 2010. </li></ul>Partnerships Assessment Communication
    9. 9. Join Countdown 2010 – join a growing movement <ul><li>Sign the Countdown 2010 Declaration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the 2010 biodiversity target; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage European decision makers to take action; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commit yourself to reducing biodiversity loss. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive regular updates; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote your organisation through the Countdown 2010 network; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show your support to the initiative. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get active </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join the Partners’ Assembly; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an active Countdown 2010 Hub in your country. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. 7 steps to save biodiversity <ul><li>Conserve 10% of each ecosystem type </li></ul><ul><li>Produce food in tune with nature </li></ul><ul><li>Stop overexploiting our seas </li></ul><ul><li>Plan housing and mobility as if space mattered </li></ul><ul><li>Fight climate change and help species adapt </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce alien invasive species </li></ul><ul><li>Provide incentives to save biodiversity </li></ul>
    11. 11. Communicating Biodiversity <ul><li>22 May: Biodiversity day </li></ul><ul><li>2010: International year of biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: Get out of the box. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: Make it relevant. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: Move from words to action. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Biodiversity as a local issue <ul><li>Municipalities and cities are active partners of the Countdown 2010 network </li></ul><ul><li>Programs on public awareness, local green spaces and improved planning </li></ul><ul><li>The movement is spreading… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Netherlands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>France </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scandinavia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Italy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and your town? </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Working together to save biodiversity Millennium Development Goals Convention on Biological Diversity Countdown 2010
    14. 14. <ul><li>Governments worldwide have promised to save biodiversity by 2010. </li></ul> Countdown 2010 helps them move from words to action.