Efforts to save Earth's natural resources kick into high gear next week amid warnings that as little as a decade remains to fend off a species extinction that also poses a threat to humanity.
More than 160 countries are meeting in Hyderabad under the UN's Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD), the long-neglected offspring of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
From Monday, a 12-day haggle begins, crowned by a three-day meeting at ministerial level that seeks to reverse a tide of grim news of habitat destruction and species loss.
"Biodiversity has never been in such a poor condition as it is today and is continuing to decline," said Neville Ash, chief of the UN Environmental Programme's biodiversity unit.
"We have a window of 10 to 20 years to address the biodiversity crisis. If we don't, the cost of inaction is going to be greater than any cost of action at this stage."