In 2010, Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) committed to scaling-up their financing in order to support achieving the Strategic Plan 2011 – 2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020. Aichi Target 20 calls for a substantial increase of financial resources. WWF’s barometer assesses how donor countries doubled their international financial flows to developing countries by 2015. The Barometer shows mixed results: By 2015, biodiversity-related funding commitments increased by 130 % from the baseline. However, funding commitments decreased again from US$7.8 billion down to US$6.2 billion in 2016.

Upon closer inspection, only 43 % of countries doubled, while 28 % of countries had increased, but not yet doubled their funding. Alarmingly, 29 % of countries decreased their biodiversity funding in 2015 compared to the baseline. In 2016, 57 % of countries decreased their 2016 funding compared to 2015, while 43 % of countries – maintained their doubling commitment. This translated to a remarkable 20 % reduction in biodiversity-related funding compared to 2015.