The challenge: protect biodiversity
The loss of species, the erosion of their populations and the deterioration of ecosystems has continued on since 2010. One million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. The health of the ecosystems we depend on and on which all other species depend is deteriorating at unprecedented rate today. Apart from weakening means of subsistence, food safety, health and quality of life around the world, this situation also poses economic and financial risks.
Despite their progress, the actions implemented for the conservation and more sustainable management of natural resources remain insufficient to curb the direct and indirect causes of the deterioration of the natural world. Reversing the loss of biodiversity and preserving ecosystems is urgently needed today if we are to meet the sustainable development goals by 2050. However, simply protecting certain critical areas will not be enough to preserve the biological diversity of our planet.
The solution: a sweeping integration of biodiversity to limit pressure
Safeguarding biodiversity is essential to ensure the production of vital goods and services provided by ecosystems: food, fibres, wood, carbon sequestration, water regulation, disaster risk reduction, etc.
Integration of biodiversity generally refers to ensuring that biodiversity (and the services it provides) is fully and properly included in the political and practical decisions, both public and private, that are both based on it and also have an impact on it. This integration also involves taking into account all the impacts on biodiversity and the dependencies on it encountered throughout the production and value chains.
The success of this approach requires more effort by and cooperation between all stakeholders in society :
- State actors
- Private sector
- Civil society organizations
- Indigenous peoples
- Local communities