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Over the past 15 years concern for global Biodiversity has grown. The development of Action Plans has taken place at many scales and has evolved to form the Lancashire Biodiversity Action Plan.

The Biodiversity Convention

In Rio de Janeiro in 1992 an "Earth Summit" was held where 150 countries signed the Convention on Biological Diversity (or 'Biodiversity Convention'). The signatories recognised that action must be taken to halt the global loss of plant and animal species and genetic resources. Each nation has a responsibility to the rest of the world to conserve and enhance biodiversity within its own jurisdiction. At the same time the signatories agreed "to develop national strategies, plans and programmes for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity," and to share resources to help implement such programmes.

Johannesburg 2002

In Johannesburg in 2002, leaders at the World Summit on Sustainable Development made a commitment to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. The aim is ‘to achieve a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss’.

The European Commitment

More than one decade after the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the recognition of biodiversity loss has gained high political profile both at global, national and regional levels. This has resulted in ambitious commitments for action by heads of states, initiated in 2001 in the European Union. “All European governments and members of civil society, at every level, have taken the necessary actions to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010.”

In June 2004 EU Environment Ministers, and March 2005 EU Heads of State reconfirmed their commitment to the 2010 target during European Council meetings.

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