Appeal Aired for Nature Conservation

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Appeal Aired for Nature Conservation


The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) based in the Philippines appealed to Filipinos on Wednesday to help conserve about 2,500 species of plants and animals in the region threatened with extinction.ACB Executive Director Rodrigo Fuentes said that if the 2,517 threatened species of plants and animals go extinct, "we will never see them again for extinction is irreversible."Scientists estimate that there are between five and 100 million species of plants and animals worldwide, but only about two million of these species have been identified.Fuentes noted that 17,291 of these plants and animals are threatened with extinction, and in the Southeast Asian region alone, 2,517 out of 8,613 or 30 percent of species assessed by the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are threatened."Drastic environmental changes brought largely by economic activities and irresponsible human practices are causing serious harm to plants, animals, and their habitats," Fuentes said.The observation of the millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005 which said that "changes in biodiversity due to human activities were more rapid in the past 50 years than at any time in human history," has never been more apt in the ASEAN region, he said."We are at the center of biodiversity loss. While human beings are causing the greatest harm to plants and animals, we also have the capacity to save them from further destruction," he said. …

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