Biodiversity 100

Earlier this week, The Guardian launched Biodiversity 100

A campaign to compile a list of 100 tasks for world governments to undertake to tackle the biodiversity crisis.
In their inaugural article, Guillame Chapron and George Monbiot take world leaders to task for their lack of action to prevent biodiversity loss.

In 2002, 188 countries launched a global initiative, usually referred to as the 2010 biodiversity target, to achieve by this year a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss. The plan was widely reported as the beginning of the end of the biodiversity crisis. But in May this year, the Convention on Biological Diversity admitted that it had failed. It appears to have had no appreciable effect on the rate of loss of animals, plants and wild places.

In a few weeks, the same countries will meet in Nagoya, Japan and make a similarly meaningless set of promises. Rather than taking immediate action to address their failures, they will concentrate on producing a revised target for 2020 and a "vision" for 2050, as well as creating further delays by expressing the need for better biodiversity indicators. In many cases there's little need for more research. It's not biodiversity indicators that are in short supply; but any kind of indicator that the member states are willing to act. (emphasis added)
The 100 tasks being identified will be given to particular governments, and they will be asked to commit themselves to those tasks before arriving in Nagoya.1 You can find a list of tasks that have been suggested so far at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2010/aug/13/biodiversity-100-ideas, and you can submit your own at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2010/aug/13/biodiversity-100-ideas. The ideas must

• Make a major contribution to the safeguard of a particular endangered species or area;
• Be politically costly to implement or strongly opposed by some interest;
• Be strongly and widely supported by scientific evidence.

Head on over and add your ideas to the list.



1The 10th meeting of the Conference of Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity.