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Estimating the Costs of meeting the Aichi Targets - WC1050

This is part of a wider project to estimate the costs of meeting the 20 Aichi Targets agreed at the tenth conference of the parties to CBD in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. 7 other projects have recently been advertised by Defra, 3 are ongoing through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The primary purpose of this proposed contract will establish an aggregation group to bring the parallel work on different targets or clusters of targets together to provide an estimate of the total global cost of meeting all 20 Aichi Targets simultaneously.

The successful contractors will need to work closely with the researchers looking at specific targets to ensure any interactions between targets are accounted for and the methods for assessing costs of meeting each target are consistent overall and can be aggregated without double- (or multiple-) counting. This proposed project will also play a crucial role liaising with an international expert panel, being set up in cooperation with the CBD Secretariat to provide guidance, peer review and challenge for the work package to assess the costs of meeting the Aichi Targets as a whole.
Biological diversity underpins ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services essential for human well-being. It provides for food security, human health, the provision of clean air and water; it contributes to local livelihoods, and economic development, and is essential for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, including poverty reduction. In addition it is a central component of many belief systems, worldviews and identities. Yet despite its fundamental importance, biodiversity continues to be lost. It is against this backdrop that the Parties to the CBD, in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 with the purpose of inspiring broad-based action over the next decade by all countries and stakeholders with the aim of halting biodiversity loss. In recognition of the urgent need for action the United Nations General Assembly has also declared 2011-2020 as the United Nations Decade for Biodiversity.

The Strategic Plan is comprised of a shared vision, a mission, strategic goals and 20 ambitious yet achievable targets, collectively known as the Aichi Targets. The Strategic Plan serves as a flexible framework for the establishment of national and regional targets and it promotes the coherent and effective implementation of the three objectives of the CBD.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WC1050 - Final Report   (10k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £192,764
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Center for Sustainable Economy, Patrick Hardcastle , Professor Jon Hutton, GHK Consulting Ltd, Simon Harding, SAC Commercial Ltd, Jane Kirsten Turpie, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity