- Biodiversity is the web of life.
- Biodiversity or biological diversity is the link between organisms, each binding into an independent community or ecosystem in which all living creatures have their place and role.
- The biodiversity we see today is the fruit of billions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and, increasingly, by the influence of humans.
Although scientists are now able to appreciate the complexity of this web of interacting natural processes, we are still a very long way from understanding how they all fit together. What we do know is that if any part of the web is destroyed, the future of life on earth will be at risk.
Biodiversity Day 2008
To celebrate Biodiversity Day 2008, Meath County Council hosted a nature walk along the Ramparts in Navan, Co. Meath. The event was led by wildlife expert Michael Jacob and was a great success with both adults and children encouraged to participate along the way.
Photographs from the event are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/21807238@N07/sets/72157605976245371/show/
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- We are degrading and in some cases destroying the ability of biodiversity to sustain a healthy planet.
- The 20th century saw a fourfold increase in human numbers and an eighteen-fold increase in world economic output.
- With this came unsustainable patterns of consumption and enormous strains on our environment.
- There are now more than six billion of us and we are placing strains on the planet's ability to cope.
- While we in Ireland enjoy better standards of living than at any time in history, nearly half of the world's population is unjustifiably poor, surviving on less than 2 Euro a day.
- Protecting biodiversity is in our self-interest.
- Biological resources are the pillars upon which we build civilisations.
- The loss of biodiversity threatens our food supplies, industry - from tourism to agriculture, energy, horticulture, pharmaceuticals and paper.
- Species have been disappearing at 50-100 times the natural rate.
- Based on current trends, 34,000 plant and 5,200 animal species - including one in eight of the world's bird species - face extinction.
- Global warming, ozone depletion and climate change, add to the stress. We are chipping away at our very own life support systems and we need to bring our demands into line with nature's ability to produce what we need and safely absorb what we throw away.
In 1992, the largest-ever meeting of world leaders took place at the UN Conference on Environment and Development. Two binding agreements were reached, the Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. 175 countries, including Ireland, have ratified the agreement to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity. Governments are required to develop national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and to integrate these into broader national plans for environment and development
Local Biodiversity Action Plans
To this end, the Heritage Council has identified Action 10 of the National Biodiversity Plan as being of particular importance to its work. It states 'Each Local Authority to prepare a Local Biodiversity Plan in consultation with relevant stakeholders'. This action is a very significant policy development as it recognises, for the first time, the key role that local authorities have to play in addressing and co-ordinating biodiversity issues at the local level.
Heritage Council Biodiversity Watch Project
This new website allows you to submit sightings of plants and animals in your local environment. If you would like to participate or learn more about Biodiversity visit http://www.biology.ie/home.php?m=biodiversity