LifeWeb launches Zero Extinction Campaign to combat species extinctions

Published: 14 November 2013

LifeWeb launches Zero Extinction Campaign to combat species extinctions

To focus attention on the global extinction crises and advance implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the LifeWeb initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching the Zero Extinction Campaign.

The Zero Extinction Campaign, officially unveiled at the seventeenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on
Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice in Montreal on 15 October 2013, aims to provide
countries with a platform to profile their financial needs to prevent species extinctions and achieve related
targets as a key accomplishment in the effort to stem biodiversity loss.

“The Zero Extinction Campaign facilitates partnerships between public and private donors and developing
countries that require financial assistance, thus providing these countries with the financial means to
address the critical issue of species extinction,” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive
Secretary. "Stopping species extinction is one of the key goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-
2020, agreed by 193 countries in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010.”

As part of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Parties agreed
to an explicit objective, Aichi Biodiversity Target 12, to prevent extinction of known threatened species.
The Zero Extinction Campaign is in line with achieving Aichi Target 12: “by 2020, the extinction of
known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in
decline, has been improved and sustained.”

Presently one-third of global species assessed for threat are in danger of extinction. This phenomenon is
thought to represent the sixth major extinction event on Earth and poses a major threat to the Earth’s
biodiversity, which is crucial for maintaining properly functioning ecosystems. The Zero Extinction
Campaign profiles biodiversity conservation projects and their financial needs at sites where endangered
or critically endangered species are found.

Sample project activities that a country might propose and seek funding for under the Campaign include:

- Gazetting and protecting areas that represent the last remaining refuge of an endangered or
critically endangered species
- Working with local communities to develop alternative livelihoods in situations where species
protection conflicts with sustainability
- Eradicating an invasive alien species
- Strengthening law enforcement to reduce threats to threatened species
- Mobilizing educational programmes for local communities to reduce threats.

“The LifeWeb Zero Extinction Campaign makes the essential link between donor countries and project
implementers that can be the difference in halting species extinctions. While the extinction crisis is real, it
can be solved when dedicated people use good science and proven methodologies to save species. That’s
what this campaign is for,” said Mike Parr, Vice President for Program Development at American Bird
Conservancy and Chair of the Alliance for Zero Extinction.

The LifeWeb Initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity is a facilitator of financing for
biodiversity conservation projects in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It adds
value to international development cooperation partners by providing a user-friendly clearing-house of
financial priorities, facilitating funding matches, helping leverage counterpart funding and recognizing
support provided. For more information visit:

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December
1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of
biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the
benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 193 Parties, the Convention has near universal
participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem
services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools,
incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active
involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women
and the business community. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is a subsidiary agreement to the
Convention. It seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified
organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. To date, 166 countries plus the European Union have
ratified the Cartagena Protocol. The Secretariat of the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol is located in
Montreal. For more information visit:

For additional information, please contact: David Ainsworth on +1 514 287 7025 or at; or Johan Hedlund on +1 514 287 6670 or at

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