Wednesday, 20 May 2015

International Biodiversity Day to be celebrated at Northwest Group of Institutions on 22 May 2015

This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.

Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity – the variety of life on earth. Biodiversity is essential for sustainable development and human well-being. Below are some of the examples
·      Biodiversity is a vital asset in global and local economies
·      Food production depends on biodiversity and the services provided by ecosystems
·      Clean and secure supplies of water also depend on biodiversity
·      Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning provide goods and services essential for human health – including nutrients, clean air and water and regulation of pests and vector-based diseases
·      Biodiversity is the basis for sustainable livelihoods
·      Traditional knowledge associated with biodiversity is also important and has value not only to those who depend on it in their daily lives but to modern industry and agriculture as well
·      Biodiversity is the cornerstone of the work, belief systems and basic survival of many women
·      Biodiversity plays a major role in mitigating climate change by contributing to long-term sequestration of carbon in a number of biomes
·      Even the built environments of our cities are linked to and affected by biodiversity

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