Biodiversity is not obscure. Once understood, neither is its importance to human health. We are a part of biodiversity, and in all humility, one might be tempted to say an insignificant part thereof. But clearly that would be a lie. One glance around is enough to confirm the impact humanity is having upon the diversity of life. It is dwindling at our hand and before our very eyes. Yet those eyes at times refuse to see, or when they do, too often turn away.

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Interview - Enrique Lahmann

¿Qué rol debe cumplir el sector privado para proteger la biodiversidad?

¿Cuáles son las novedades en la lucha para proteger la biodiversidad?

¿Cómo ha evolucionado el rol de la UICN durante los últimos diez años?

¿Qué efectos sobre la biodiversidad pueden acarrear los biocarburantes?

¿Cuál es el vínculo entre biodiversidad y la crisis alimenticia?

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Interview - Sue Mainka

What impact could genetically modified organisms have on biodiversity?

What is the role of the private sector in safeguarding biodiversity?

How could education better raise awareness on biodiversity loss?

Are there biodiversity hotspots that need particular protection?

What is the future of conservation?

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Interview - Jean-Christophe Vié

Comment la biodiversité est-elle liée à la santé humaine ?

Quelle est la gravité des impacts du changement climatique sur la biodiversité ?

Quelle est la menace numéro un pour la biodiversité aujourd’hui ?

Quel est l’étendue du problème de la perte des habitats actuellement ?

A quel point le grand public est-il conscient du problème de la perte de biodiversité ?

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Jean-Christophe Vié
Sue Mainka
Enrique Lahmann

“It is very difficult to explain to someone living in a big urban centre how his daily life decides on the survival of apes or coral reefs,” says Jean Christophe Vie, Deputy Head of the Species Programme at IUCN. “It is also difficult to explain why he should be concerned, and yet he should.”

The chain of cause and effect is long from the mall to the mines of the earth, where habitat destruction and sometimes bloodshed rage around the precious minerals that go into our cell phones. So isolated from the realities that lie behind the products we buy, it is too easy to hang on to the perfect world depicted on the packaging. But a message is starting to build inside the northern fortress of privilege: “This can’t go on,” – a message business is increasingly heeding.
“In today’s world the private sector is perhaps the largest actor, both in terms of having an impact on biodiversity and having the potential to support biodiversity conservation,” says Sue Mainka, Senior Programme Coordinator at the IUCN. “And yet we constantly push them aside and attack them, rather than trying to understand their constraints.”

Values are changing, and with them consumer behaviour. Perspicacious minds looking after long-term company interests have noticed that customers are worried; not yet panicked, but increasingly aware that unless they start making choices in favour of nature, no one else will. This is modifying attitudes among all institutions seeking public allegiance.

“I think people at large are now much more conscious of the role they can play in helping protect biodiversity by modifying their behaviours and also by putting pressure on their governments to take the necessary corrective actions to stem the destruction of biodiversity,” says Enrique Lahmann, the World Conservation Congress Manager for IUCN.

Biodiversity is not obscure, and neither is the importance of hanging on to it.

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