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Aiming higher to bend the curve of biodiversity loss

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The development of the post-2020 strategic plan for the Convention on Biological Diversity provides a vital window of opportunity to set out an ambitious plan of action to restore global biodiversity. The components of such a plan, including its goal, targets and some metrics, already exist and provide a roadmap to 2050.

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Fig. 1: Biodiversity declines have continued despite repeated policy commitments aimed at slowing or halting the rate of loss.
Fig. 2: Required trajectories for three biodiversity indicators.

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We acknowledge advice and input from L. McRae, M. Obersteiner, D. van Vuuren, D. Nel, R. Shaw, N. Sticzy, M. Wright and L. Young. We also received helpful comments from H. Pereira. S.E.C. acknowledges part-funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene, grant no. ERC-2016-ADG 743080).

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Mace, G.M., Barrett, M., Burgess, N.D. et al. Aiming higher to bend the curve of biodiversity loss. Nat Sustain 1, 448–451 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0130-0

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