At the Crossroads: Envisioning the Future of Global Biodiversity Policy


In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) set the so-called Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Ten years later, none of the twenty targets has been fully reached and only six have been partially achieved. Policymakers, scientists, and country negotiators are now preparing for the next generation of biodiversity goals for 2030 and 2050, which are due for release next year and will frame actions of national governments and other social actors for decades to come. Díaz et al. (2020) propose three critical points for redesigning this new set of biodiversity goals.

The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international legal instrument for biodiversity conservation that has been ratified by 196 nations.

The recently published article by Díaz et al. (2020) was initiated at a meeting organized by the Earth Commission (Future Earth) in Davos, Switzerland, with the participation of 63 scientists from 26 countries. The central propositions by the authors are…

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