Celebrate or not? The International Year of Biodiversity

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 | Environment Update

It is the International Year of Biodiversity and the UN encourages the world to reflect on achievements made so far as well as to change gear to safeguard the variety of life on earth. It is also the year when the 2010 Biodiversity Target in the Convention on Biological Diversity is to be fulfilled. This target, ratified by 150 nations, that by 2010 there is “a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth “. According to recent assessments we are far from reaching this target. In fact, most drivers of biodiversity loss are constant or even increasing. Biological diversity represent all genetic, species and landscape varieties and is declining 1000 times faster than the natural extinction rate. Hopefully this year will put new energy into the work for biodiversity.

Why care about biodiversity anyway? One answer is that nature, with all its variety, is necessary for human survival and well-being.  Necessities like clean drinking water, food and medicines are provided by very complex systems of biodiversity interactions, the web of life if you like. The goods and services that nature provides humanity are also called ecosystem services. Read more at Nature @ your service in the right menu.

Meadows are the most biodiverse biotopes in Sweden and they are created grazing animals or hay making procedures. image courtesy: Sara Borgström

image courtesy: Sara Borgström

Check out the International Year of Biodiversity 2010

Check out the Convention on Biological Diversity

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