Essay on Protecting Biological Diversity

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Biological Diversity Biodiversity is a major concern in international and national politics. How can we manage our environment and preserve what we have before all is lost and exhausted? `This question is a main concern for present and future generations. In its simplest terms, biological diversity is the variety of life and its processes, and it includes the variety of living organisms, the genetic differences among them, and the communities and ecosystems in which they occur. In any habitat which is hospitable for life, whether it is a tidal pool, lake, mountain top, desert, rainforest, or any other, there are a great variety of organisms interacting with one another, competing with each other, and supporting…show more content…
Although CITES has significantly increased the chance of some individual species’ survival, its fragmentary approach does not address the conservation and sustainable use of entire ecosystems. AGENDA 21 and AN OVERVIEW ON THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY On December 22, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly called for a global meeting that would devise strategies to stop and reverse the effects of environmental degradation. Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development on June 14, 1992, is the international community’s response to that request. Agenda 21 is a “comprehensive program of action to be implemented from now and into the twenty-first century by governments, development agencies, United Nations organizations, and independent-sector groups in every area where human (economic) activity affects the environment” (Department of Public Information United Nations 1). This program hoped to form a global partnership where countries would strive to better manage and protect the ecosystem and bring a more prosperous future for all of us. Chapter 15 in Agenda 21 discusses the conservation of biological diversity. The objectives and activities in this chapter are intended to improve the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of biological resources, as well as support the
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