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The Convention on Biological Diversity

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has existed since 1992 and meets every two years to discuss biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity and sharing of genetic resources. As part of the CBD agreements, in 2010 the EU signed the Aichi targets, thereby agreeing to halt global biodiversity loss by 2020. However, WWF’s Living Planet Index, which tracks the state of the world's biological diversity, has shown that these targets will not be met.

In 2020, the CBD COP will be a pivotal meeting for biodiversity conservation, as a post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy will be agreed upon for the following decade. As a party to the CBD, the EU operates as one single bloc at the table, and so it is crucial that it shows strong leadership, commitments and tangible targets to protect biodiversity.

What WWF is doing

WWF advocates for stronger biodiversity conservation efforts by the EU in line with CBD targets and offers expertise and support in achieving these results.

We work to ensure that the EU:
  • Commits to a Global Deal for Nature and People in 2020 which prioritises halting and reversing biodiversity loss;
  • Is a champion for nature conservation both global and domestically;
  • Allocates the necessary finance needed to meet these targets;
  • Integrates the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, climate action, and development policy;
  • Translates these strategies into EU laws


Sabien Leemans
Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer
+32 486 80 04 37

Edel Shanahan
Junior Communications Officer,
Biodiversity and Agriculture
+32 484 49 35 15