Posted by: r.m. | October 13, 2008

the 6th major extinction in Earth’s history

Criminal syndicates are earning more than $10bn a year from a booming environmental crime business in rainforest logging, the trade in endangered animal skins and ivory and smuggling canisters of banned gas refrigerants. …The latest trend is the illegal trade in hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), gas compounds used in refrigeration and aerosols which are known to contribute to global warming.”

Such failures in enforcing national and international laws are contributing to – though by no means are they the primary reason for – the failure of countries around the world to meet their own promise on biodiversity.

The world’s governments will fail to meet their agreed target of curbing biodiversity loss by 2010. Nearly 200 countries signed up to the target in 2002.” Their agreement was – “to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth”

Furthermore “only 16 governments have followed through on their commitment to integrate the 2010 target into national plans for tackling biodiversity loss.”



  1. Although unacceptable, this generalized failure in terms of reduction of biodiversity loss is understandable. Countries with the most diverse ecosystems and thus host to the biggest numbers of wild animals, are usually the poorest.
    For instance, it’s not always easy for an African government to invest millions of dollars in the protection of certain endangered species while its people are simply starving to death.

  2. I completely agree with Marc. It’s true that the poorest countries are the naturally richest ones. In order for such countries to protect their biosysytems, “BIG” countries (which usually control them) must take the step for them rather than eploiting their natural resources.

  3. I would consider this dissapointing to learn that only 16 out of 200 countries stood by their commitments to reduce biodiversity loss.But I guess you could say it’s not that much of a surprise. As Marc and Serge said, it’s usually the poor countries that are the most diverse in life and there’s not much they can do.
    Even though just 16 governments are following through their commitments, it’s better than nothing.

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