Working the World Over for Species Protections

Working the World Over for Species Protections

About one million species are threatened with extinction. Over 75% of terrestrial environments and 66% of marine environments have been significantly altered by humans. Most 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets will be missed. These are the numbers and facts and headlines that many heard around the world in May when the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services — yes, a mouthful, so we just use their acronym, IPBES (pronounced “IP-bus”) — released its summary of the global assessment on the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services. But there was another critically important message from the global assessment, and one that we can too easily overlook in the day-to-day onslaught of bad news about our environment: It’s not too late: Nature can be conserved while meeting societal goals, which will require transformative change that builds on synergies between sustainability and growth. Read more about this much needed, positive message here.

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Jacob Malcom
Director

As Director in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Jacob leads CCI’s work at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to improve conservation outcomes, especially for threatened and endangered species.