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Biodiversity is life. It is the variety of all life on Earth including all species of animals and plants, and the natural systems that support them.

Biodiversity matters. It is hugely important, not just for its own sake but also because it underpins the vital benefits we get from the natural environment, because it contributes to our economy, our health and wellbeing, and because it enriches our lives.

But human activity is causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at a greatly accelerated rate.

10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) – Nagoya, Japan, 18-29 October 2010
COP10 logoThe COP10 meeting considered progress towards the 2010 target, a post 2010 biodiversity framework, agreement of an Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regime, and agreement on resource mobilisation.
Further information...
New agreement reached in Nagoya: statement from Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman (29 October)

International Year of Biodiversity
IYB logo2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity when everyone will be encouraged to take direct action to reduce the constant loss of biological diversity worldwide.
See our news story and biodiversity calendar.

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Making Space for Nature

An independent review of England’s wildlife sites and ecological network was launched in September 2009. The review has considered whether England’s collection of wildlife areas (both the legally protected areas and others) represents a coherent and robust ecological network that will be capable of responding to the challenges of climate change and other pressures. The review was chaired by Professor Sir John Lawton who was supported by a panel of 14 members.

The review has reported to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Defra published the Review, called “Making Space for Nature”, on the 24 September 2010.

The Government will respond to the Making Space for Nature Review in the Natural Environment White Paper which will be published in Spring 2011.

Page last modified: 16 November 2010
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