Why do we need to protect biodiversity?

Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is that the scientific term for the variability of life on Earth. It refers not just to species but also to ecosystems and differences in genes within one species. Everywhere in the world, species live together and rely upon each other. Every physical object, including man, is involved in these complex networks of interdependent relationships, which are called ecosystems.

They supply raw materials and resources for medicines and other purposes. they’re the muse of all civilization and sustain our economies. They’re what we call our natural capital.

A large type of species will cope better with threats than a limited number of them in large populations. whether or not certain species are tormented by pollution, temperature change, or human activities, the ecosystem as a full may adapt and survive.

European diversity is exclusive, but the loss of biodiversity has accelerated to an unprecedented level in Europe and worldwide. it’s been estimated that the present global extinction rate is 100 to 1000 times more than the natural rate. In Europe, some 42% of European mammals are endangered, along with 15% of birds and 45% of butterflies and reptiles. To list just some examples, the Alopex lagopus, the Iberian lynx, and also the red squirrel are all under serious threat.

We are committed to halting biodiversity loss within the EU by 2020. understand how with the EU biodiversity strategy. Tackling biodiversity loss makes economic sense. determine why within the Economics of Biodiversity.
We have been committed to the protection of biodiversity for a protracted time. understand more about the history and background of the EU Biodiversity Policy.