Monday, October 13, 2008

Curbing biodiversity loss seems impossible

Biodiversity is the result of 4 billions years of evolution, and biodiversity loss is one of the biggest ecological problems we are facing today. Current estimations show that more than 25000 species are driven to extinction every year, so it is really no surprise that about 200 world's governments have set their target to curb biodiversity loss by the year 2010. But setting target is only half job done, and the most important task, achieving target looks to be impossible.

Ten leading conservationists were asked at World Conservation Congress whether this goal to curb biodiversity loss can be achieved by 2010, and they were unanimous that the goal cannot be met, mostly because only few of 200 governments (16 of them) have translated this target to their own legislation. Countries were required to act urgently, and majority of them even failed to add this goal to their laws. Globally speaking there is no progress to curb biodiversity loss, because few good local examples are too little to make the difference on global scale.

Many people think of biodiversity loss as only ecological problem but they do not know that
biodiversity loss costs economy £40 billion every year. There is one financial crisis to think of.

What is really the main problem in the whole story is the number of different ecological problems that would all have to be solved in order to have success in stopping the current decline in biodiversity. Deforestation, air and sea pollution, not to mention climate change and global warming, are all factors that have their share in biodiversity loss. All these different ecological problems have become so closely connected on global scale that we will need to solve them all at the same time if we want to have any chance for success. Unfortunately global actions are more into talking and discussing than doing some quick action. What politicians fail to see here is that ecological problems are not politics where talking, discussing and making (false) promises make the difference. What only counts here is an action. A quick action.

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