ZSL at Nagoya
"The rapid loss of biodiversity and natural systems will affect the lives of everyone in coming decades.”
- Dr Robert Bloomfield, Director of the International Year of Biodiversity UK
Biodiversity refers to the amazing variety of life on earth, including genes, species and ecosystems. 2010 was the International Year of Biodiversity, and the Zoological Society of London worked to inform global policy on biodiversity conservation.
In October 2010, ZSL attended the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Nagoya, Japan, to communicate the current state of biodiversity and put forward practical solutions for communities, business and government to address biodiversity loss.
At Nagoya we launched four key reports directly related to the CBD aims of post-2010 goals and mainstreaming biodiversity across sectors.
Stories for our Children: The World in 2050
Stories for our Children tells the story of the world if we continue business-as-usual, through the rich, dark illustrations of Martin Rowson.
Innovative solutions that can alter this trajectory are emerging from all sectors of society.
Within the next century we stand to lose what could amount to one quarter of all vertebrates. The report ‘Evolution Lost’ has been produced by ZSL in collaboration with WWF, IUCN and SSC. It considers for the first time the current status and trends of global vertebrates in the context of human pressures, with a particular focus on threatened, novel and evolutionary distinct species.
Watch a short film about Evolution Lost
Natural Capital: the new political imperative
ZSL, Volans and GLOBE International are illustrating for national policy makers how government involvement in the management, conservation and restoration of natural capital can have clear economic, social and environmental benefits.
The report 'Natural capital: The new political imperative' showcases examples from around the world where legislators have been actively involved in projects and legislation that use environmental management as a way of achieving key public policy goals.
Webcast of a side event at CBD COP10, Nagoya on ‘Legislative approaches to recognising the value of biodiversity and natural capital’, co-hosted by GLOBE and ZSL.
National Red Lists
National Red Lists increase the understanding of species threat status of within a country. Using established IUCN guidelines, they produce the specialized information necessary for national conservation planning.
ZSL hosted a side event on National Red Lists: Challenges and Opportunities on 25th October 2010 at CBD COP10.
Coral Reef Resilience
ZSL and GLOBE have developed an ‘Action Plan for Coral Reefs’ to make national policy makers aware of the threats facing coral reefs, the services they provide, and actions that can be taken to increase coral reef resilience in the face of climate change and ocean acidification.
The Action Plan and Part II (Coral Reef Resilience) of GLOBE’s Marine Ecosystems Recovery Strategy were endorsed by legislators at the GLOBE Coral Reef Crisis meeting in Nagoya, Japan on 24 October 2010.
Webcast of a side event at CBD COP10, Nagoya on ‘Legislative actions to restore marine diversity and ecosystem services’, co-hosted by GLOBE and ZSL.