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New report: Birds give hopeful messages about goals to save nature

BirdLife has published a new report, Birds and biodiversity goalsthat builds on recent coverage of the world catastrophic failure to meet global goals to save biodiversity. While there has been a lot of doom and darkness surrounding this issue, there have also been numerous successes over the past decade that show how achievable and affordable conservation can be with sufficient political investment.

Birds and biodiversity goals, part of our flagship State of the birds of the world uses our extensive global research to create a roadmap to ensure the 2020s isn’t just another “lost decade for nature”. This publication not only outlines the shortcomings of each goal, but also brings a message of hope to the world. Based on successes in bird protection, it shows that there are solutions to the problems of the biosphere and that nature can recover quickly when these come into effect.

The report aims to dispel the idea that governments failed because the goals could not be met and outlines the actions needed to chart a course in which nature and humans can live in harmony by 2050 .

Amur Falcon, Copyright Brendan Ryan, from the Surfbirds Galleries

The most important achievements of the last decade include:

Some of the most critical locations for bird conservation – Important bird and biodiversity areas – Have been officially recognized as protected areas, the average coverage of which has increased from 38% to 44% since 2010.

Has conservation prevented up to 48 extinctions and slowed the rate at which species are approaching extinction by 40% in the last few decades.

Have measures to prevent accidental bycatch of seabirds in the fishery Albatross deaths in the South African hake trawling fishery have been virtually eliminated.

Community efforts to combat bird hunting, for example, have been spectacularly successful in some locations End of the capture of> 100,000 Amur falcons every year in Nagaland, India.

Based on lessons learned from our work, our recommendations include:

The new goals should be more ambitious, for example get all Important biodiversity areas, Stop man-made extinction and restore abundance of native species to 1970s levels by 2050.

The new goals need a clear, communicable and overarching goal – comparable to the goal of the Paris Agreement of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5 ° C.

The goals must be SMART – specific, measurable, ambitious, realistic, and time-bound – and each goal should be broken down into clear steps that outline how it can be achieved.

Climate protection goals should promote nature-based solutions (e.g. forests as carbon sinks) that support both nature and people.

The goals for health and well-being should focus on access to blue and green spaces.

Read the full report here.

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