在生物多樣性公約秘書處（Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD）於波昂召開的「世界生物多樣性高峰會」部長會議中，與會者得知目前物種正以空前的速度消失、人類侵占等警訊，以及各國表示將逆轉生物多樣性喪失的承諾。
Heads of state and 87 ministers from around the world have reinforced their commitment to "substantially reduce" the global loss of biodiversity within two years. The European Commission is committed to stopping the loss of biodiversity in Europe by 2010.
Gathered at the ministerial segment of the World Biodiversity Summit in Bonn convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, participants heard expressions of alarm at the unprecedented loss of species to human encroachment and also heard pledges to reverse this decline.
Plant and animal species are becoming extinct at a rate 100 times the natural rate of extinction due to human activities that include pollution, habitat loss, increased consumption and climate change.
"The participation of heads of state at a biodiversity conference is unprecedented," said CBD Executive Secretary Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf. "Their participation highlights the fact that world leaders are recognizing the importance, seriousness and urgency of conserving our biodiversity and reducing the rate that we are presently losing species."
The summit was opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In her opening statement, Chancellor Merkel promised that Germany would provide 500 million euros through 2013 to protect forests, and 500 million euros a year after that.
Given that deforestation contributes 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than transport and travel combined, Merkel said, "We are convinced that this is a very good investment."
This initiative complements a decision by Norway to provide 600 million euros a year for the following three years for forest conservation.
Chancellor Merkel also launched the Life Web initiative - a new way to provide financial and technical assistance to developing countries that are in a position to establish additional protected areas on land or at sea.
Under the Life Web initiative, Indonesia has announced it will declare 20 million hectares of its territory as marine protected areas.