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Transcript of Biodiversity
Anup Shah, Why Is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares?, http://www.globalissues.org, Updated: April 06, 2011
Animal Relationships, http://www.animals.howstuffworks.com
Biodiversity, http://en.Wikipedia.org, Updated: March 04, 3013
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, http://www.cbd.int/2011-2020
Full Circle by Loreena McKennitt
"Our planet supports a wide variety of plants, animals and microorganisms. A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops. Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms. Healthy ecosystems can better withstand and recover from a variety of disasters. Biodiversity What is it? it's a global issue... The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the enormous diversity of genes in these species, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth."
---Why Is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares? GlobalIssues.org We may dominate this planet, but if we don't preserve it's diverse wildlife, we will loose the very things that we need to survive. Biological Resources:
Diversity in genes, species and ecoosystems Ecosystem Services:
Protection of water resources
Soils formation and protection
Nutrient storage and recycling
Pollution breakdown and absorption
Contribution to climate stability
Maintenance of ecosystems
Recovery from unpredictable events Social Benefits:
Research, education and monitoring
Recreation and tourism
Cultural values Between plants and animals
By symbiosis "At least 40% of the world's economy and 80% of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources."
---The Convention about Life on Earth, Convention on Biodiversity web site. ---Why Is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares? GlobalIssues.org ---Why Is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares? GlobalIssues.org ---Why Is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares? GlobalIssues.org Example:
"Planting and protecting nearly 12,000 hectares of mangroves in Vietnam costs just over a million dollars but saved annual expenditures on dyke maintenance of well over seven million dollars."
—-- Stephen Leahy, Environment: Save At Least Half the Planet, or Lose It All, Inter Press Service, November 17, 2009 We have to work together to find a solution!