UN calls for new vision to stave off dramatic biodiversity loss

20:26, May 10, 2010      

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The United Nations is calling for a new vision to help stave off dramatic biodiversity loss across the world.

In a newly launched report, the UN says natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.

The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), produced by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), launched in Nairobi on Monday confirms that the world has failed to meet its target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.

This is one principal conclusion of a major new assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being.

Executive director of the united nations environment programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner said there have been key economic reasons why the 2010 biodiversity targets were not met.

"Many economies remain blind to the huge value of the diversity of animals, plants and other life-forms and their role in healthy and functioning ecosystems from forests and freshwaters to soils, oceans and even the atmosphere," said Steiner.

Source:Xinhua
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