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Title: Being smart about SMART environmental targets
Authors: Maxwell, Sean L
Milner-Gulland, Eleanor J
Jones, Julia P G
Knight, Andrew T
Bunnefeld, Nils
Nuno, Ana
Bal, Payal
Earle, Sam
Watson, James E M
Rhodes, Jonathan R
Contact Email: nils.bunnefeld@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: 6-Mar-2015
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Citation: Maxwell SL, Milner-Gulland EJ, Jones JPG, Knight AT, Bunnefeld N, Nuno A, Bal P, Earle S, Watson JEM & Rhodes JR (2015) Being smart about SMART environmental targets, Science, 347 (6226), pp. 1075-1076.
Abstract: First paragraph: Global progress toward meeting the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi targets has recently been found wanting. The Aichi targets were intended to be SMART (specific, measurable, ambitious, realistic, and time-bound), partly in response to the perception that failure to meet the preceding global biodiversity targets resulted from their lack of SMART-ness. Negotiations are building toward the September 2015 United Nations meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will influence government and business development priorities for decades. Some argue that scientists must engage with the SDG negotiation process to ensure that the environmental targets (e.g., sustainable food production and water-use efficiency) are not vague, modest, or lacking in detailed qualification. We caution against focusing only on ensuring that environmental targets are SMART and call for greater attention on the processes that lead to a target being set and met.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21765
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaa1451
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Affiliation: University of Queensland
Imperial College London
Bangor University
Imperial College London
Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter
University of Queensland
Imperial College London
University of Queensland
University of Queensland

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