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Biodiversity loss is a development issue. A rapid review of the evidence

Dilys Roe, Nathalie Seddon, Joanna Elliott

Project report, 17 pages

The term biodiversity describes the variability of life on Earth (wild and cultivated) - sheer numbers and the abundance of different species, genetic variation between and within species, and the extent and variety of natural habitats and ecosystems.

This diversity is being lost at increasing and alarming rates, and this matters because humanity depends on the goods and services generated by nature, and the ability of nature to deliver these goods and services over the long term is underpinned by biodiversity.

To date biodiversity loss has been treated as an environmental problem. Yet continued biodiversity loss threatens to undermine development gains in the areas of health, resilience, food security and GDP earnings. In this report we briefly review the evidence on the impacts of biodiversity loss from a development perspective and highlight why, if we’re serious about development, we need to invest in conserving biodiversity now.

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  • IIED code: 17636IIED
  • Published: Nov 2018 - IIED
  • Theme: Biodiversity
  • Language: English

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