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It's time we tackle nature crisis

Governments 'must tackle' roots of nature crisis OR shall we have an initiative too!

Balinese fishing grounds have just been protected to safeguard stocks. Governments must tackle the underlying causes of biodiversity loss if they are to stem the rate at which ecosystems and species are disappearing.

That was one of the conclusions of an inter-governmental workshop in London held in preparation for October's UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya, Japan. Delegates agreed that protecting nature would bring economic benefits to nations and their citizens.

Representatives of 54 countries attended the UK-hosted meeting.

The organisers hope that securing agreement on fundamental issues now will keep the October summit of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) free from the kind of divisions that dogged last month's climate change summit in Copenhagen.
 If our ecosystem services get to a state where we won't have them anymore - the pollinators, for example - this is going to be disastrous.

The UN calculates that species are currently going extinct at about 1,000 times the "natural" rate; and economic analyses being prepared for the UN Environment Programme (Unep) show that ecosystems, such as coral reefs and rainforests, are worth far more intact than depleted.

Contributed by: Our Special Correspondent
City: Oxford
Country: England
Date: March 24, 2010