22 May 2015

Get behind nature on International Day of Biological Diversity

By Ade Long

Today is a day to celebrate life! Today is International Day for Biological Diversity and this year's focus is Biodiversity for Sustainable Devlopment.

This is a a huge theme central to the future of biodiversity and human wellbeing. We cannot continue to treat the loss of biodiversity as an issue separate from the core concerns of society. We will be much more likely to achieve objectives such as reducing poverty and improving the health, wealth and security of present and future generations if we give biodiversity and ecosystem services the priority they deserve.

Targets set to significantly reduce he rate of biodiversity loss and the reduction of poverty have been missed in recent years. Further massive losses of biodiversity are increasingly likely, with inevitable consequences for human wellbeing, unless we act to address the underlying causes.

These are big challenges, and there are no simple solutions.

And the threats to nature continue.

Today our urgent attention is focused on Europe where the laws that help biodiversity and sustainability are under threat. That's why the BirdLife Partnership has joined together with more than 100 environmental organisations to mobilise the general public to tell the EU Commission that they want Europe’s nature laws to be maintained, better implemented and enforced. 

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The BirdLife International Partnership has an impressive track record of working locally, nationally and globally to create the environmental conditions for sustainable development. Working with communities, government, and across sectors in some of the world’s biologically most important places, BirdLife Partners are demonstrating that it is possible to bring about the changes required for living sustainably on our planet Earth.

On BirdLife's datazone you can access case studies on biodiversity conservation and sustainability from the links listed below.

Nature underpins ecosystem services, livelihoods and human wellbeing

Unsustainable practices are degrading the natural capital on which we all depend

We must invest more in nature

Mainstreaming sustainable practice amongst grassroots groups, governments and the private sector