Momentum has been building with two major global assessment reports just in the past year, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), giving stark warnings to humanity about the mounting risks associated with ongoing climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. And with staggering figures, such as those reporting more than 1 million species at risk of extinction, the IPBES report caused ripples far beyond the academic community. These messages are now amplified by public engagement, spearheaded by the global Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion movements that have taken the world by storm. The collective acknowledgment around the issue of biodiversity loss is so great that in January the world’s economic elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos declared the loss of biodiversity one of the five biggest threats to the world’s economies . The good news is that 2020 offers a key opportunity to turn all this around. During the 15th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting in Kunming, China, in October, the CBD will set out its strategy for the next decade of global biodiversity […]


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