Biodiversity is the sum of every living thing around us. It is us. By letting it die we are killing ourselves. Habitat destruction and invasive alien species are considered undesirable side effects of development. That will no longer do. They are unacceptable side effects and they must stop.

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Interview - Enrique Lahmann

¿Cómo definiría biodiversidad?

¿Cómo afecta el cambio climático a la biodiversidad?

¿Cuáles son las prioridades al conservar la biodiversidad?

¿En qué ha cambiado, en los últimos 20 años, la manera en que la gente percibe la biodiversidad?

¿Cómo nos juzgará la historia en 500 años cuando vea la manera en que manejamos la biodiversidad?

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Interview - Jeff McNeely

What is new in our approach to biodiversity conservation today?

What is currently the biggest threat to biodiversity?

How serious a threat to biodiversity do genetically modified organisms represent?

What point have we reached in the growing trend to turn things around?

We often here politicians talking about the need to curb climate change, but we hear very little about biodiversity loss. How aware are leaders about the severity of this problem?

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Interview - Jean-Christophe Vié

Qu’est-ce qui a change depuis le dernier congrès mondial pour la conservation de la nature?

Qu’elles sont les zones de biodiversité les plus menacées de la planète?

Les aires protégées fonctionnent-ils pour protéger la biodiversité?

Devons-nous contrôler la population humaine pour protéger la biodiversité?

En qu’elles mesures devrions-nous utiliser la punitions et l’incitations pour changer les comportement?

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Enrique Lahmann
Jeff McNeely
Jean-Christophe Vié

“Killing members of the group; causing serious bodily harm to members of the group; physical destruction in whole or in part.”

If any of these extracts sound familiar, it’s because you’ve read them in the United Nations’ official definition of genocide. But to many people concerned with the conservation of nature, they could just as well apply to biodiversity loss. In all ways save for one key point: intent. You would be hard pressed to find a single person on this planet hell-bent on eradicating life to the last species. And yet, according to current projections, by 2050 a third of all species will have disappeared. Why?

Passive aggression; greed; indifference; ignorance; laziness, to name but a few. In all industrial endeavours, the buck stops at the bullfrog. Humanity has never really paid full price for its stunning burst of progress, nature has.

“Nature is like one big supermarket,” says Jean-Christophe Vie, Deputy Head of the IUCN’s Species Programme. “Except that everything is for free. We’ve been helping ourselves to an ever bigger share of the world’s goodies, but inevitably, the day will come when the shelves hit empty.” And we’re not too far off now.
Fortunately there is a growing trend to turn things around, to start paying our due to restock, to recycle, to restore. But the way is still as long as it is murky.

“Trends nowadays resemble a bowl of spaghetti,” says Jeff McNeely, Chief Scientist for the IUCN. “They go every way, so that at the same time as we’re seeing an increase in consumption and in pollution, we’re also seeing more and more people buy smaller cars, buy locally and buy into a greater concern for the world around them.”
No matter how much has already been lost, the last thing to go for Enrique Lahmann, the World Conservation Congress Manager, will be optimism:

“I have faith in humanity. I have faith in our capacity to change, in our understanding, and I have faith that, together, we will build a more just world where nature gets the respect it deserves.

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