Biodiversity conservation: the devil is in the details
The documents that emerged from COP15 were long on goals and objectives, but woefully short on details. Goals are the easy part but when it comes to legislation or treaties, precision is critical if there is to be any hope of progress. Let me explain.
COP15 stressed the importance of conserving wild species, which is well and good, but what constitutes a species is still not settled. Hybridization is common in nature whereby two closely related species can cross breed. Mallard duck, left, and black duck hybrids are fairly common yet both are considered separate species, writes Robert Sopuck. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons