Twenty targets for 2020


Twenty targets must be achieved by 2020 to stand a chance of stemming the loss of biodiversity worldwide. The challenges range from special measures for our rarest species, protecting our best habitats, and restoring the services we expect from our landscapes, to tackling climate change and finding new ways to fund the maintenance and use of the natural environment. This set of targets - the Aichi targets - is one of the things that 143 countries joined forces to agree at the 10th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010.


From left: Martin Brasher (Defra), Paul Rose and Annabelle Aish (JNCC) at CoP10 in Nagoya © JNCC

The parties to the Convention meet every two years to address global issues faced by the natural environment, recognising that conservation, sustainable use and the sharing of benefits from nature are the three foundation stones of long-lasting solutions. As well as the Aichi targets, 42 other decisions were taken. These included a new legal framework for sharing benefits from genetic resources, a decision to deal with the increasing severity and multitude of global pressures on the marine environment and procedures to ensure biodiversity is safeguarded within all of the new activities planned to reduce carbon emissions.


JNCC was represented on the UK delegation and was active in supporting the UK Government on all technical issues, particularly through European Marine Adviser Annabelle Aish on the marine agenda item. The marine decision was particularly relevant and important to JNCC covering issues such as the identification of ‘ecologically and biologically significant areas’ in offshore waters, unsustainable fishing and other uses of the seabed, marine geoengineering, carbon capture by natural marine habitats such as mangroves, and much more.  


JNCC Chair Peter Bridgewater, joined the Consortium of Scientific Partners to the Convention. This consortium helps the CBD to undertake training and education through sharing experiences of taking biodiversity action.


Since Nagoya, JNCC has undertaken work to identify what needs to be done in the UK and in Europe to meet the Aichi targets and other commitments from the meeting. The role of JNCC in this action is being discussed by Joint Committee and is likely to include the provision of evidence from surveillance and monitoring schemes, reporting, links to European scale activities and the development of common UK-wide approaches when required.


Contact File


Paul Rose

Director of Evidence and Advice

Tel: +44 (0)1733 866901


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