The Biodiversity Quota

  • Kate Meyer
  • Peter Newman


Recent human activity has had more severe impacts on species loss than any other period in human history. Despite efforts to manage this, the impacts are continuing to increase. Biodiversity is very important to the Earth-system function and to humanity directly because of the ecosystem services it provides.

It is extremely difficult to link biosphere health to human activity as there are so many different ways that human activity can be damaging to the biosphere. Human impacts on biodiversity through climate change and pollution are addressed through Planetary Quotas for carbon dioxide, MeNO, aerosols, Montreal gases, and forestland. Habitat destruction and segregation is one of the greatest human drivers of biodiversity loss. A new proxy indicator has been developed by the UNEP to link land use to pressures on biosphere integrity, “percentage disappearing species”. It is an estimation of species extinctions caused through land-use change. This indicator is the best proxy indicator available with which to assess the effects on human activity on global extinction rate.

The Planetary Quota for biodiversity is percentage disappeared fraction of species ≤1 × 10−4/y.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Meyer
    • 1
  • Peter Newman
    • 2
  1. 1.The Planetary Accounting NetworkAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Curtin UniversityWestern AustraliaAustralia

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