How Sectors can Contribute to Sustainable Use and Conservation of Biodiversity
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2014Biodiversity is an important element of our natural capital.Ongoing loss of biodiversity as a result of a short-term focus has to be halted in view of long-term responsibilities and benefits.
A focus on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in primary sectors will help to realize this halt.
In 2010, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency published its study ‘Rethinking Global Biodiversity Strategies’ in which we concluded that significant and lasting improvements in the downward biodiversity trend have to come from changes in human activities including agriculture, forestry,fishing and energy use. While traditional biodiversity policies that focus on conservation and protection measures would continue to be important, they need to be complemented with additional policies to address drivers and pressures of biodiversity loss. This study showed that ambitious, cross-sectoral strategies would half the rate of biodiversity loss by2050, compared to what was projected without any new policies.