In June 2001 the heads of the EU announced their intention to halt biodiversity loss by 2010. The following year the UN took up the challenge to “achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss”, a pledge they renewed in New York in 20o5.
Halfway through 2010, designated the International Year of Biodiversity, and we’re nowhere near that target. In 2009 the number of threatened species actually rose by 2.1%, with over a third of the world’s species now at risk.
The EU was apparently “seriously concerned” that the targets were not met. To set things right, they hastily agreed “a headline target of halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020.”
If only solving the problem was as easy as setting the targets.