Sarah Frias-Torres sfrias_torres at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 28 11:27:28 EST 2010

Dear Coral Listers,as we follow the Chagos messages and the many problems associated to the designation and monitoring of any marine protected area, here is a reminder we might have overlooked.
At the 1992 Rio Summit, a series of objectives were agreed upon by many nations in order to stop the loss of biodiversity by 2010. It's been 18 years since then, and the 2010 Biodiversity Target has failed.We continue to destroy marine and terrestrial ecosystems at an unprecedented rate, resulting in continuing biodiversity extinction.
In previous posts we shared the difficulty of urging people and governments to react to global climate change. Look where we are after Copenhagen. Now, if you think that was difficult, imagine making the loss of biodiversity visible to everyone, so we are all aware of the catastrophic consequences, and take the necessary conservation and management measures. 
There are more than 3,000 coral listers. Imagine all the accumulated brain power there. Can we possibly come up with ideas that work? 
In a world of twitter, you tube, cell phones, and international TV networks we can reach out farther than never before. 
If anyone is reading this message, let's come up with a list of things we can all do. After all, 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. http://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres

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