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Why fostering biodiversity matters

  • Maria Helena Semedo

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Rome   /   Fri, June 8, 2018   /  01:29 pm
Why fostering biodiversity matters Balinese farmers at a rice terrace in Jatiluwih village in Tabanan regency in Bali on January 1, 2014. Countries that consume rice could be at risk for devastating effects from global warming. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Over the next few decades, we have to eradicate hunger, and do so for a growing population. And we’ll have to do that amid climate trends that will require our food systems, starting with the agricultural sectors, to become increasingly flexible, resilient and adaptable. 

Providing nutritious food to a growing world population poses many challenges. To address these challenges, we need to make crop and livestock systems, forests, fisheries and aquaculture more productive while guarantying the ability of landscapes and seascapes to provide other essential ecosystem services as regulation of air quality, soil fertility, crop pollination or even control of natural disaster as floods.

We’ll need to put a lot of natural capital — especially biodiversity — to work to do that. 

While the loss of biodiversity is occur...

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