Why biodiversity matters?
To celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May, the importance of biodiversity need to be emphasized.
The ongoing health crisis, faced around the globe has positioned nature conservation and environmental protection high on the political agenda. Interlinkages between nature health and human wellbeing has been strongly rooted in scientific research in previous period and is getting sectorial approach and positioning in state policies and strategies.
Why biodiversity (diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems) is critically important to human health, economies and livelihoods? One fact is: 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, but humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants. (Biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse is one of the top five risks in the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks Report).
5 reasons why biodiversity matters:
- Biodiversity ensures health and food security
- Biodiversity helps fight disease
- Biodiversity benefits business
- Biodiversity provides livelihoods
- Biodiversity protects us
Read more on World Economic Forum website.