International Day of Biological Diversity
The theme of this year's celebration is "Biodiversity and Agriculture" to draw attention to agriculture as a key example of how human activities profoundly impact on the ecosystems of our planet. It seeks to highlight the importance of sustainable agriculture not only to preserve biodiversity, but also to ensure that we will be able to feed the world, maintain agricultural livelihoods, and enhance human well-being into the 21st century and beyond.
The maintenance of biodiversity, which is the basis of agriculture, is essential for its benefits to humanity, including food security, nutrition, and livelihood. Sustainable agriculture both promotes and is enhanced by biodiversity. It uses water, land, and nutrients efficiently, while producing lasting economic and social benefits. It is imperative that factors inhibiting the adoption of sustainable agriculture be reduced.
To ensure food security, adequate nutrition and stable livelihoods for current and future generations, there is a pressing need to increase food production while adopting sustainable and efficient agriculture, sustainable consumption, and planning that ensures the preservation of biodiversity. …