In a Policy Forum article in today’s issue of Science, a group of leading biodiversity scientists, including NJIT’s Daniel Bunker, have argued that targets to be met by 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) must consider the real value of biodiversity if they are to be attained. “Ecosystem Services for 2020” outlines how biodiversity can be valued by considering the ecosystem services that biodiversity provides. By incorporating this ecosystem services approach into the CBD targets, signatory nations can better justify and thereby improve biodiversity conservation.
Bunker, an assistant professor in the NJIT Federated Department of Biology is one of the 16 authors of this work.
Members of this group hope their paper will have an impact later this month in Nagoya, Japan at the 10th Conference of the Parties. They hope the outcome of this meeting will be ambitious and achievable CBD goals for 2020. Arizona State University Professor Charles Perrings has led this team effort.