Biodiversity

Biodiversity - BIODIVERSITY GOALS OF CONVENTION ON...

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Unformatted text preview: BIODIVERSITY GOALS OF CONVENTION ON BIODIVERSITY “The conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources” “Biodiversity is a common concern of humankind and an integral part of the development process” • > 100,000 plant/animal species lost in last 5 years • Habitat loss is biggest current threat to biodiversity • Deforestation and forest degradation has increased since the Rio Earth Summit BIODIVERSITY • How many species are there?-- 1.4 million named species (70% of which are invertebrates)-- 3 to 50 million species alive!-- Only 10 to 15% live in North America WHAT THREATENS BIODIVERSITY? • Background extinction (95% of all extinctions) • Mass extinction BIODIVERSITY • 1 mammal species every 400 years • 1 bird species/200 yrs Now…………... • 10,000 times the background rate! • 20-75 plant/animal species each day?...
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