Neville Ash heads the Ecosystem Assessment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), in Cambridge, UK. He has worked on a range of international assessment initiatives, focussing on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and is currently coordinating a process to develop and communicate indicators in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s “2010 biodiversity target”.
Neville was closely involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, including through the provision of technical support to the Condition and Trends working group, and co-editing the MA Status and Trends Report.
Previously, Neville worked on species, trade and policy issues with IUCN – The World Conservation Union, and has conducted wildlife research and management projects in Europe, Africa and Asia.
This session will focus on tracking changes in global biodiversity, with a particular focus on progress being made towards the "2010 biodiversity target" to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity.
This target has been adopted across Europe, internationally by the Convention on Biological Diversity, endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and recently incorporated into the Millennium Development Goals.