Mission Biodiversity

 

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The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will last until 2020. Its aim is to draw attention to the enormous role that biodiversity plays – including our lives.

Nature provides us with a huge amount of goods and services, useful in various sectors of the economy, such as the wood industry (375 thousand employed in the sector in Poland) or pharmaceutical (half of the ingredients used is of plant origin).

Economists more and more often attempt to estimate the value of ecosystem services. It is a good method of making people aware of the value of a stable climate or the pollination of cultivated plants by insects. We can also notice growing awareness of the importance of green infrastructure, which facilitates the migration of wild living species, supports water retention and positively affects the surrounding landscape.

Trends in biodiversity are not optimistic. In the last 30 years, the population of farmland birds has decreased by 50%. In the last century, we have seen extinction of about 75% of varieties of crop plants and about 1,000 breeds of farm animals. Almost one in four wild species in Europe is threatened with extinction. Climate change can reinforce negative trends such as erosion and soil depletion.

We cannot afford to follow such trends. 84% of plants grown in the European Union are pollinated by insects – especially bees. Unfortunately their population began to decline in recent years. Ecological organizations believe that pesticides from the neonicotinoid group used in agriculture are responsible for the situation.

Our eating habits also affect nature. Waste food increases our ecological footprint, and in consequence the pressure on cutting of forests or drainage of swamps – areas that are habitats of many species of plants, animals and other living organisms.

The above mentioned examples prove that our attitude towards nature has a colossal impact not only on our quality of life, but also on the profitability of production and thus the state of the entire economy. Due to their important role in controlling the state of the environment, public institutions and civil society organizations need to be aware of our shared responsibility – both on a global scale and in the local communities in which they operate.

Business also has a crucial responsibility towards people and the environment. Thanks to the services provided by the environment, companies can make profit, but also conduct research and create new products, such as fertilizers and medicines. They therefore have a particular responsibility towards future generations who have the right to live in a clean environment. This responsibility applies both to the stage of implementation of the precautionary principle in production and distribution, as well as educating customers about their responsible usage.


 

Expert's support in the BIODIVERSITY mission:

dr. Piotr Mikołajczyk

dr. Monika Szewczyk

 

Selected, environmental areas of the SDGs are our focus in the MISSIONS of the Partnership "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". Those areas are devoted to the issues relevant from the perspective of the environment and life on earth, both locally and globally. Members of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT" Partnership, implementing environmental MISSIONS by cooperation within initiatives and projects of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". These activities support the fulfillment of tasks, which correspond with the environmental aspects of SDGs'.

Initiatives

 

We invite Partners Together for the Environment to get involved in the following initiatives:

Initiative
GLOBE Program
Initiative
Eco-education activities
Initiative
Carpathians Unite

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