IUCN - Countdown 2010: Mobilizing society to support biodiversity

Countdown 2010: Mobilizing society to support biodiversity

01 December 2010 | News story

Colombian agency Coralina takes top place for their efforts in establishing the Seaflower Marine Protected Area and receives the Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Award.

IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative officially closed in Nagoya by revealing the best efforts of more than 1,000 organizations around the world to save biodiversity. The ceremony was held on 20 October 2010 at 20h10 during the 10th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

“Countdown 2010 has brought together very diverse organizations to help conserve biodiversity,” says Dr Bill Jackson, IUCN Deputy Director-General. “Countdown 2010 partners have shown, on the ground, how we can really stop biodiversity loss. These are the type of actions that need to be scaled up for us to make real progress globally by 2020.”

Over the past six years, more than 1,000 organizations – from cities and companies, to museums and community groups – have committed to help save biodiversity through Countdown 2010. Made in Countdown 2010 highlights 20 of the best success stories, showing how Countdown 2010 partners have really made a difference for biodiversity.

The winner of the Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Award Coralina has achieved remarkable results in just a few years. Nominated to become a World Heritage site, its Seaflower Marine Park now covers more than 200,000 hectares of corals, mangroves and sea-grasses, helping protect 407 fish species, 102 corals, 130 sponges and many more species. Among this impressive list are 192 coastal-marine species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

“Coralina’s work to meet their biodiversity commitment is outstanding,” adds Jackson. “Their actions, as for many other Countdown 2010 partners, will inspire future commitments to protect and invest in biodiversity.”

IUCN plans to launch a new Countdown initiative early next year to continue fostering local biodiversity commitment and action, and to help scale these up globally.

For more information, contact Liza Druis at liza.drius@iucn.org