Journal Article

A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets

Date Published

Oct 1, 2014


Derek P. Tittensor, Matt Walpole, Samantha L. L. Hill, Daniel G. Boyce, Gregory L. Britten, Neil D. Burgess, Stuart H. M. Butchart, Paul W. Leadley, Eugenie C. Regan, Rob Alkemade, Roswitha Baumung, CŽline Bellard, Lex Bouwman, Nadine J. Bowles-Newark, Anna M. Chenery, William W. L. Cheung, Villy Christensen, H. David Cooper, Annabel R. Crowther, Matthew J. R. Dixon, Alessandro Galli, ValŽrie Gaveau, Richard D. Gregory, Nicolas L. Gutierrez, Tim L. Hirsch, Robert Hšft, Stephanie R. Januchowski-Hartley, Marion Karmann, Cornelia B. Krug, Fiona J. Leverington, Jonathan Loh, Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Kelly Malsch, Alexandra Marques, David H. W. Morgan, Peter J. Mumby, Tim Newbold, Kieran Noonan-Mooney, Shyama N. Pagad, Bradley C. Parks, Henrique M. Pereira, Tim Robertson, Carlo Rondinini, Luca Santini, Jšrn P. W. Scharlemann, Stefan Schindler, U. Rashid Sumaila, Louise S.L. Teh, Jennifer van Kolck, Piero Visconti, Yimin Ye




Tittensor, D. P., Walpole, M., Hill, S. L., Boyce, D. G., Britten, G. L., Burgess, N. D., . . . Ye, Y. (2014, October 10). A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets. Science, 346(6206), 241-244. doi:10.1126/science.1257484


In 2010, the international community, under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity, agreed on 20 biodiversity-related ÒAichi TargetsÓ to be achieved within a decade. We provide a comprehensive mid-term assessment of progress toward these global targets using 55 indicator data sets. We projected indicator trends to 2020 using an adaptive statistical framework that incorporated the specific properties of individual time series. On current trajectories, results suggest that despite accelerating policy and management responses to the biodiversity crisis, the impacts of these efforts are unlikely to be reflected in improved trends in the state of biodiversity by 2020. We highlight areas of societal endeavor requiring additional efforts to achieve the Aichi Targets, and provide a baseline against which to assess future progress.

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