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Global biodiversity: Indicators of recent declines


Butchart, SHM and Walpole, M and Collen, B and Van Strien, A and Scharlemann, JPW and Almond, REA and Baillie, JEM and Bomhard, B and Brown, C and Bruno, J and Carpenter, KE and Carr, GM and Chanson, J and Chenery, AM and Csirke, J and Davidson, NC and Dentener, F and Foster, M and Galli, A and Galloway, JN and Genovesi, P and Gregory, RD and Hockings, M and Kapos, V and Lamarque, J-F and Leverington, F and Loh, J and McGeoch, MA and McRae, L and Minasyan, A and Morcillo, MH and Oldfield, TEE and Pauly, D and Quader, S and Revenga, C and Sauer, JR and Skolnik, B and Spear, D and Stanwell-Smith, D and Stuart, SN and Symes, A and Tierney, M and Tyrrell, TD and Vie, J-C and Watson, RA, Global biodiversity: Indicators of recent declines, Science, 328, (5982) pp. 1164-1168. ISSN 0036-8075 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1126/science.1187512


In 2002, world leaders committed, through the Convention on Biological Diversity, to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. We compiled 31 indicators to report on progress toward this target. Most indicators of the state of biodiversity (covering species' population trends, extinction risk, habitat extent and condition, and community composition) showed declines, with no significant recent reductions in rate, whereas indicators of pressures on biodiversity (including resource consumption, invasive alien species, nitrogen pollution, overexploitation, and climate change impacts) showed increases. Despite some local successes and increasing responses (including extent and biodiversity coverage of protected areas, sustainable forest management, policy responses to invasive alien species, and biodiversity-related aid), the rate of biodiversity loss does not appear to be slowing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nitrogen; biodiversity; environmental assessment; environmental indicator; environmental research; extinction risk; invasive species; sustainable forestry; article; biodiversity; climate change; forest management; pollution; priority journal; Humans
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:83733
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:2889
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2013-03-21
Last Modified:2013-04-22

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