2010 BIODIVERSITY YEAR: URGENT ACTION NEEDED
“The 193 countries known as Parties of the UN Convention on Biological
Diversity so far failed to significantly reduce the rate at which
biodiversity is being lost, despite their 2003 pledge to reduce these
rates by 2010.
“Stopping destructive logging is particularly urgent as this outrageous practice is killing not only biodiversity but also livelihoods. One of the solutions that we promote is known as community forest management. It is much more than an alternative to destructive logging: it ensures the conservation of biodiversity but also provides sustainable livelihoods for forest-dependent people,” he added.
As biodiversity disappears, people around the world are becoming more vulnerable to food shortages, health threats and loss of livelihoods.
1.6 billion people rely on forests, including 60 million indigenous people who are entirely dependent upon forests for their livelihoods, food, medicines and building materials.
“Another major threat to biodiversity is posed by monoculture tree plantations. They have grave social and environmental impacts and must be stopped. Plantations are not forests, they are just the same as deserts, only green,” added Isaac Rojas.
“The current neoliberal economic system, which promotes privatization, exports and trade liberalization, is accelerating the decline of our planet’s biodiversity,” he warned.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Friends of the Earth International’s coordinator of the Forest and Biodiversity Programme
Isaac Rojas, in Costa Rica: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: + 506-83 38 32 04 or 506-22 68 60 39 (Costa Rican numbers)
NOTES TO EDITORS:
For more information about the International Year of Biodiversity see http://www.cbd.int
Watch a slide show of winning photos from our 2009 photo competition Our Biodiversity, Our Lives: www.foei.org/biodiversity-exhibit