Clear Summaries of Scientific Reports on
Several international assessments have looked into the current state of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss for ecosystems and humans.
Is biodiversity loss irreversible? Can the process be slowed down?
Assessments of biodiversity loss
Are the causes of bee losses now well identified ? More...
Summary available in [de] [en] [es] [fr]
In 2002, the Convention on Biological Diversity set the target of reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and established a number of biodiversity indicators to assess progress towards meeting that target. Can this target be reached? What actions are needed? More...
Summary available in [en] [es] [fr] [nl]
Biodiversity contributes to many aspects of human well-being, for instance by
providing raw materials and contributing to health. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
shows that human actions often lead to irreversible losses in terms of diversity of life
on Earth. What factors are responsible for this rapid loss? More...
Summary available in [de] [en] [es] [fr] [nl]
Biodiversity in context
Humans depend heavily on ecosystem for benefits such as food, but we also have a
tremendous impact on them.
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) produced in 2005 by
a large international panel of scientists explored possible options to avoid or reverse
desertification and its negative impacts. More...
Summary available in [en] [es] [fr]