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  • 42% of all amphibian species and 40% of all bird species are declining in population.
  • Scientists estimate that nearly a quarter of plant species are threatened with extinction.
  • Experts say that more than 95% of North American grasslands may have been lost.

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What is biodiversity?

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Who owns biodiversity?

Is fairer use of the Earth's resources the answer to poverty and inequality?

New types of resources, such as genetic information, are becoming available all the time. How can the benefits be shared? Find out more about the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) protocol.

What is the economic value of biodiversity?

Fertile soil and clean air appear to be free. But if we give them an economic value, perhaps we will value them more. Find out more in The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report.

Who owns scientific information about biodiversity?

An inter-governmental panel on biodiversity, like the IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change), could help to make scientific evidence about biodiversity loss available to all countries.

What targets should we set?

Targets set at the last biodiversity conference were hard to measure and hard to achieve. Officials from 192 countries and the EU will negotiate a new set of targets at Nagoya.