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Experts call for new era for wildlife in UK (Chinese-English)

2020-09-17 14:30




Conservation experts are calling on the prime minister to commit to protecting nature.



They say the past decade has seen far too little action, with England remaining one of the world's most nature-depleted countries.



The letter to Boris Johnson was headed by Prof Sir John Lawton, who chaired a review of wildlife sites in 2010.

這封給首相Boris Johnson的信是以Sir John Lawton教授為代表,他在2010年主持了一次野生動植物保護地回顧。


The Making Space for Nature panel advocated "bigger, better and more joined up spaces for nature".

“Making Space for Nature”專案小組倡導“更大,更好,更多的自然空間”。


Ten years on, there is a need for renewed action, the experts say, highlighting three overarching areas:



  • Better protection and management of wildlife habitats


  • Scaling up efforts to restore wild areas


  • Bringing nature to people



Prof Lawton writes: "Nearly half of our species are in decline and about a quarter of our mammals are threatened with national extinction. These losses represent a decline in resilience of the ecosystems upon which we depend and a loss of experience and joy: there are too few places left where a child can walk through a cloud of butterflies or sit amongst a rainbow of flowers."



The letter is signed by members of the original panel, including Dr. Peter Brotherton, director of science at the government agency, Natural England.

這封信是由原來的小組成員簽署的,包括自然的英格蘭 (Natural England)的政府機構科學主任Peter Brotherton博士。


In a second letter, a group of more than 25 nature charities urged the leaders of the four devolved nations to commit to a new era for nature in the UK.



They want the UK to lead the charge for new targets and concerted global action to protect nature, following a "lost decade" of nature conservation.



The UN's latest global biodiversity report shows that the world has failed to fully meet any of its targets to halt damage to natural habitats.



The report from The Convention on Biological Diversity says only six of 20 goals were partially met over the last decade.



The head of the CBD, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, said that while some good things were happening, the rate of biodiversity loss was unprecedented in human history and it showed the pressures were intensifying.

生物多樣性公約負責人Elizabeth Maruma Mrema說,儘管發生了一些好事,但生物多樣性的喪失速度在人類歷史上是始料未及的,這表明壓力正在加劇。


The announcement follows a report by WWF and the Zoological Society of London that shows animal populations globally have plunged by 68% in the last 50 years.



Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said the failure to meet these targets is a wake-up call for nature that our leaders must answer before it is too late.

Wildlife and Countryside Link阻止的首席執行官Richard Benwell表示,未能實現這些目標是對自然的警醒,我們的領導人必須想辦法應對此問題在為時已晚之前。


He added: "We are calling on the prime pinister to help start a new era for wildlife, fighting for a strong global target and worldwide action, matched with a clear legal commitment, increased investment, and ambitious programmes to restore nature at home."


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Source: BBC