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What is the current state of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss for ecosystems and humans?

Assessments of biodiversity loss
Single-use plastics

Reusable tableware consistently outperforms single-use tableware in all the studies and across most environmental impact categories More...

Latest update: 20 May 2021

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Biological diversity : challenges and objectives for 2050 More...

Latest update: 11 June 2021

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The IPBES has published its first global assessement of biodiversity. What are the conclusions of this evaluation of ecosystems and the services they provide ? More...

Latest update: 20 December 2019

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Fisheries and aquaculture

The production of fish and seafood continues to grow, year after year, even if capture fisheries have stopped expanding since the late 80s.

Is this sustainable? More...

Latest update: 30 November 2018

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Biological Diversity

Key decisions adopted in 2018 by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in preparation for a 2050 Biodiversity Vision for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report published in 2020. More...

Latest update: 5 May 2021

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Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

In 2002, the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a target: reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010.

That target was missed, and a new set of targets for 2020 were adopted. More...

Latest update: 6 November 2017

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Bee losses

Are the causes of bee losses now well identified ? More...

Latest update: 20 March 2014

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Biodiversity (CBD)

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...

Latest update: 15 May 2007

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Biodiversity (MA)

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...

Latest update: 15 May 2006

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Land Degradation and Desertification

Land is an essential resource for human survival, and yet it is being degraded sometimes to the desert state through unsustainable uses. How can land conservation efforts help to reverse the current worrying trends in the state of our land resources? More...

Latest update: 16 November 2018

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Biodiversity in context
Single-use plastics

Reusable tableware consistently outperforms single-use tableware in all the studies and across most environmental impact categories More...

Latest update: 20 May 2021

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Palm Oil

Palm oil is one of the most used vegetable oils, in good part because oil palm culture is cost-effective.

What is the impact of oil palm culture for biodiversity and how can it become sustainable? More...

Latest update: 26 April 2019

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State of the European Environment

A comprehensive assessment of Europe’s progress towards achieving environmental sustainability. More...

Latest update: 20 September 2015

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Ecosystem Change

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...

Latest update: 15 March 2005

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Chlorpyrifos pesticide

The approval of chlorpyrifos has recently been suspended by the european commission.

What are the EFSA conclusions that led to that suspension of its approval? More...

Latest update: 13 December 2019

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