Story at a glance…
While many of the UN’s 2020 Aichi Conservation Targets were missed, controlling invasive species was more or less achieved.
It was achieved through 800 eradications of invasive plant and animal species – often through extermination.
The vast majority of these successes were found on islands, where specialized animals are at special risk of invasive species pressure.
In 2010, the UN Convention on Biodiversity released its 2020 Aichi Conservation Targets which aimed to create a world secure and improving biodiversity by the end of the decade.
Of the 20 targets, many of the bureaucratic goals have been achieved, however, the overall measure has been a failure in many ways. Most nations failed to improve or even address the most serious of the objectives such as the elimination of harmful government subsidies and unsustainable fishing practices, halting species and habitat loss, and minimizing the loss of climate-sensitive ecosystems like reefs.
On the other hand, target #9, which is the prevention and elimination of alien and invasive species from sensitive ecosystems has been a resounding success, and involves one of the great conservation success stories of the decade.
Its success goes often untold by newspapers and journals as it involves mass eradication of species, which many compassionate wildlife activists might find at least distasteful, and at worst barbaric.