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Biodiversity is much better to protect, or mankind could become extinct’

The United Nations warn that within the next two years, concrete steps need to be put to the rapid decline of our biodiversity. If not, draw the humans in his own death-warrant.

In the run-up to a global conference on the worldwide deterioration of ecosystems calls Cristiana Pa?ca Palmer, head of the biodiversiteitsprogramma of the United Nations, all citizens to exert pressure on their governments. That by 2020 is much more ambitious objectives for the protection of insects, birds, plants and mammals that are so desperately needed for the production of food and drinking water and the storage of carbons.

“The relentless decline of our biodiversity is an assassin,” says Pa?ca Palmer at The Guardian. ‘Climate change is for many people now already be felt in daily life. The loss of biodiversity is not yet. But once it is, however, it may be too late.’

Pa?ca Palmer is the executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, responsible for the preservation of the natural systems of which humanity depends. The 195 member states of the UN body and the European Union this month’s meeting in Egypt to discuss new rules about the conservation of our biodiversity. These discussions should ultimately result in a treaty that in 2020 will be adopted at a conference in Beijing.

Objectives not met

Conservationists hope to an ambitious treaty, but the past offers little hope on it. In the previous treaty, the member states promised eight years ago to the loss of natural habitats of animals are at least in the half to push back, to ensure sustainable fisheries in all waters and nature reserves by 2020 to expand from 10% to 17% of the earth’s surface.

Many countries have goals and targets not achieved, and the countries that have more natural areas commissioned, such as Brazil and China, often do little to nothing to ensure the rules are complied with.

And finally, the problem is very low on the political agenda. So refused the United States in 2010, under president Barack Obama, even when reached biodiversiteitsakkoord to ratify it.

Staggering figures

Completely give up hope, Pa?ca Palmer, however, is not. As she points out in The Guardian that some of the species in Africa and Asia do better than in the past (though it is that for most animal species, is not the case) and took the bosbedekking in Asia with 2.5% (already disappears in the forest on other continents at a much faster pace).

“The figures are generally staggering,” says Pa?ca Palmer. ‘The increasing population pressure and climate change will be the loss of biodiversity over the next thirty years will only increase. By 2050, can Africa, half of its birds and mammals are lost. The Asian fishing industry threatens to completely collapse. I hope that we are not the first species to be his own extinction record.’

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