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Biodiversity: 10 messages for 2010

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity with ’10 messages for 2010′, each examining a theme of biodiversity.

One message will be published each month until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Nagoya in October, highlighting how the declining diversity of life on Earth is threatening both the natural world and human well-being.

Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of EEA, described the importance of understanding the costs and benefits of diverse genes, species and ecosystems:

We know that market prices need to reflect the full value of the benefits that we obtain from healthy ecosystems as well as the true costs of using them. This means that we need to understand the role of biodiversity in sustaining ecosystems and the policies that are effective in conserving and protecting different habitats and species from local to global levels.

The first message focuses on the interaction between climate change and biodiversity:

The variety of life underpins our social and economic wellbeing and will be an increasingly indispensible resource in the battle against climate change. However, our consumption and production patterns are depriving ecosystems of their capacity to withstand climate change and deliver the services we need from them. As we understand more about the ways that climate change is impacting biodiversity, it becomes clear that we cannot tackle the two crises separately. Their interdependence requires us to address them together.

The full message is available to download from the EEA website.

User comments

  1. biju andrews says:

    I have a doubt: kindly answer me – if there are no tigers in the world,what would happen? Some herbivores may increase in number. We can consume them.
    Then what problem will be there in ecosystem in lack of tigers?

    • Nick Saltmarsh, SD Scene editor says:

      Every species is a part of our planet’s biodiversity and linked to other species in uncountable ways. Your question therefore comes down to why biodiversity matters. Some of the practical and cultural reasons are outlined in the IYB-UK’s article Why does biodiversity matter to me?.

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