5.1 The health of our ecosystem

Biodiversity is typically a measure of variation at the genetic, species, and ecosystem level.Biodiversity is richest in the tropics, however the balance of same is equal important everywhere.

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, warns a report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). All within UN.

The report is the most comprehensive ever presented and it’s been compiled by 145 experts from 50 countries during 3 years. The report assesses the changes in our ecosystem and reveals a thorough picture of the health of our ecosystem.

“The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

“The Report also tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global,” he said. “Through ‘transformative change’, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably – this is also key to meeting most other global goals. By transformative change, we mean a fundamental, system-wide reorganisation across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values.”

Source: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2019/05/nature-decline-unprecedented-report/

 

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