Exactly one year ago the Copenhagen climate summit ended in downright failure. This was discussed at great length in the media and was well known by the wider public. Another major failure was given much less publicity: Focus 2010. Its purpose was to put a stop to the dramatic decline of biodiversity. It was to this end that 2010 was internationally designated the year of biodiversity.
This year broad support for nature in the Netherlands has decreased rather than increased. Nature, along with culture, is being shelved as a left-wing hobby. And at this time of government cuts there is no money for hobbies. The focus for meeting biodiversity targets has been shifted to 2020 with Nagoya as the fixed point. The European Union has thought up new strategies to protect the valuable elements on earth. Countdown 2020: I fear the worst.