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Why is Biodiversity Important?

    • 4 posts
    August 3, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

    The variety of life on Earth, its biological diversity is commonly referred to as biodiversity.

    The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the enormous diversity of genes in these species, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth.Appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies attempt to recognize this as being integral to any approach to preserving biodiversity. Almost all cultures have their roots in our biological diversity in some way or form.

    Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops, Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms, Healthy ecosystems can better withstand and recover from a variety of disasters. And so, while we dominate this planet, we still need to preserve the diversity in wildlife.

    • 2 posts
    August 3, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

    Our biodiversity is very important to the well-being of our planet. Most cultures, at least at some time, have recognized the importance of conserving natural resources. Many still do, but many do not.

    • Increase ecosystem productivity; each species in an ecosystem has a specific niche—a role to play.
    • Support a larger number of plant species and, therefore, a greater variety of crops.
    • Protect freshwater resources.
    • Promote soils formation and protection.
    • Provide for nutrient storage and recycling.
    • Aid in breaking down pollutants.
    • Contribute to climate stability.
    • Speed recovery from natural disasters.
    • Provide more food resources.
    • Provide more medicinal resources and pharmaceutical drugs.
    • Offer environments for recreation and tourism.

    Our environments and the species that live in them need a diverse population of genes. More genetic defects are caused by inbreeding. With reduced diversity in the gene pool, the chance for extinction increases.

    All species, including humans, are adversely affected by the loss of species diversity.

    This post was edited by Kristie Tumbler at August 3, 2020 10:52 AM EDT