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The MSC, COP 13 and biodiversity conservation

by Beth Askham
The MSC and its role in the UN's Convention of Biological Diversity (COP 13)
Clear Water and Tropical Island

Under the idyllic blue skies of Cancun, Mexico, countries converge to talk biodiversity. Sitting alongside a coastline of lapping green waters and grazing turtles, they are tackling the challenges of how to protect and manage the Earth’s plummeting number of species.

With the important agenda of sustaining life on Earth, the UN’s Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) 13th COP (Conference of the Parties) meets from 4–17 December, 2016.

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MSC certified fisheries bucking the trend on biodiversity targets

by Nicolas Gutierrez
A new study co-authored by the Marine Stewardship Council’s Nicolas Gutierrez and published in Science this week reveals that additional efforts are needed to reach an internationally agreed set of biodiversity targets by 2020.
Image of large shoal of fish near surface of ocean

As one of MSC’s lead scientists, I often support scientific research into the sustainability and protection of marine ecosystems.

This week, I’m particularly proud to see one of these projects published in the journal Science.

Ecosystems and the biodiversity that underpin them are vital for sustaining human life. Recognising this, in 2010, 193 nations agreed on a set of 20 biodiversity-related goals, known as Aichi Biodiversity Targets. At the halfway point to the 2020 deadline, a team of 51 experts, including myself, from over 30 institutions got together to assess progress towards these targets, and projected whether or not they will be met.

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