Biodiversity is life…
Biodiversity is the variety of plants and animals in the world, or in a particular environment. A high number of different species (species richness) is usually a sign of a healthy environment.
Why is it valuable?
We, as humans, are an integral part of nature. Our fate is tightly linked with biodiversity, the huge variety of animals and plants, the places they live and their surrounding environment, all over the world.
We rely on this diversity of life to provide us with the food, fuel, medicine, and other essentials we simply cannot live without. Yet this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities. This impoverishes us all and weakens the ability of the living systems, on which we depend, to resist growing threats such a climate change.
2011-2020 has been declared as the ‘United Nations Decade on Biodiversity’ by the United Nations General Assembly, following on from the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. The goal of the initiative is to significantly reduce biodiversity loss by 2020. Throughout the decade, governments are encouraged to develop, implement and communicate the results of national strategies for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.
For more information about biodiversity and it’s value to us all, visit the Decade of Biodiversity website.