As today is International Day for Biological Diversity it is a good time to reflect upon the progress we’ve made in conserving species, the numerous environmental pressures that threaten biodiversity, and ways forward to protect it. As the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are due to expire in 2020 international policy dedicated to biodiversity and conservation will continue under the auspices of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Providing thoughtful commentary on how to move forward in conserving biodiversity post-2020, we have produced a series of scenarios that address Goal 15: Life on Land and the Aichi Targets. They focus on:
- Preventing species extinctions
- Tools for predicting species distribution
- Prioritisting species for conservation planning
- The role of citizen science
To provide insights into how to use scientific tools and approaches for tracking species and conserving biodiversity more effectively, these stories are told from the perspective of the future – the year 2030 — when the SDGs are due to expire.
The scenarios are available on our website: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/research/biology/ecology/#d.en.764945.