Our scientific results are applied to global-scale conservation policy. For instance, governments that are parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) must assess how well they are conserving and managing ecosystems according to international targets such as the convention’s Aichi 2020 Targets. Our work is critically important for attaining the CBD goals.
- “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.”
- “By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.”
- “By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water…areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas”.
- “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”