Conflict between Development and Conservation of Natural Habitats and Biodiversity

1727 Words Jan 31st, 2018 7 Pages
‘Biodiversity is the term given to the variety of life on Earth. It is the variety within and between all species of plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems within which they live and interact.’ (WWF) In recent years there have been many concerns about the rate of development in some developing countries, which is increasingly leading to a decline in the health of many ecosystems, their quality and geographical extent which has essentially led to conflict. There are a number of strategies, which exist in order to conserve biodiversity and still allow development which focus on protecting land areas as opposed to protecting individual species. A protected area (PA) are regions which are “set aside primarily for nature and biodiversity conservation and are a major tool in managing species and ecosystems which provide a range of goods and services essential to sustainable use of natural resources. ” (UNEP, 2013), this includes the protection of fauna and also flora. The aim of PA’s is to achieve long term sustainable use of natural resources, ensuring that future generations can benefit from the same resources and environment that we have experienced in our lifetime (UNEP 2013; IUCN 2008). In spite of the exertions of preservation groups to secure the populations of distinctive species, they regularly…
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