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World fails to meet a single target to stop destruction of nature, UN report finds

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In 2010, leaders from 196 countries gathered in Japan and agreed on a list of goals designed to save the Earth.

We've reached the deadline -- and the world has collectively failed to fully achieve a single goal, according to the United Nations' Global Biodiversity Outlook report, published on Tuesday.

The six targets partially met are: preventing invasive species, conserving protected areas, access to and sharing benefits from genetic resources, biodiversity strategies and action plans, sharing information, and mobilizing resources.

Governments globally spend about $78-91 billion a year on biodiversity efforts, the report estimated -- way below the hundreds of billions of dollars needed.

For instance, though some countries have managed more sustainable marine fish stocks, globally a third of marine stocks are still overfished -- a higher proportion than 10 years ago, the report said.

Immediate action is needed more urgently than ever; the devastation of the Earth's biodiversity will affect us all, and be particularly damaging for "indigenous peoples and local communities, and the world's poor and vulnerable, given their reliance on biodiversity for their wellbeing," the report said.

The report outlined eight areas where we need to transition to sustainability: land and forests, agriculture, food systems, fisheries and oceans, cities and infrastructure, freshwater, climate action and an integrated "One Health" global framework.

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