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Ecosystem services, targets, and indicators for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

by Charles Perrings, Shahid Naeem, Farshid S. Ahrestani, Daniel E. Bunker, Peter Burkill, Graciela Canziani, Thomas Elmqvist, Jed A. Fuhrman, Fabian M. Jaksic, Zen'ichiro Kawabata, Ann Kinzig, Georgina M. Mace, Harold Mooney, Anne Hélène Prieur-Richard, John Tschirhart, Wolfgang Weisser show all authors
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment ()


After the collective failure to achieve the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD’s) 2010 target to substan- tially reduce biodiversity losses, the CBD adopted a plan composed of five strategic goals and 20 “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic, and Time-bound) targets, to be achieved by 2020. Here, an inter- disciplinary group of scientists from DIVERSITAS – an international program that focuses on biodiversity sci- ence – evaluates these targets and considers the implications of an ecosystem-services-based approach for their implementation. We describe the functional differences between the targets corresponding to distinct strategic goals and identify the interdependency between targets. We then discuss the implications for supporting research and target indicators, and make several specific suggestions for target implementation

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