COP 13 FACT SHEET 2

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BIODIVERSITY IN THE WORLD

16 days before the start of COP 13 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, the CBD Alliance collects numbers on the state of the world’s biodiversity.

COP 13 of the CBD comes in a very complex context for the planet and with a gigantic challenge for humanity. According to the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, prepared by the CBD Secretariat, pressures on biodiversity will continue to increase at least until 2020, with a consequent deterioration of biodiversity. The major problems our biodiversity is facing are: loss, degradation and fragmentation of natural habitats; overexploitation of biological resources; pollution, in particular the accumulation of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in the environment; impacts of invasive alien species on ecosystems and the services they provide to people; climate change and acidification of the oceans, associated with the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

We invite you to read more about the context in which COP 13 is situated.

FACT SHEET 2 CBDA