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International Year of Biodiversity
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth.
We are all an integral part of nature; our fate is tightly linked with biodiversity: the huge variety of other animals and plants, the places they live and their surrounding environments, all over the world. We rely on this diversity of life to provide us with the food, fuel, medicine, and other essentials we simply cannot live without. Yet, this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities. This impoverishes us all and weakens the ability of the living systems, on which we depend, to resist growing threats such as climate change.
In recognition of 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human well-being.
UNESCO is tackling the root causes of biodiversity erosion and loss due to unsustainable development. During the Year, UNESCO will lead several activities to educate and raise public awareness about the reasons for conserving biodiversity, to fill the gaps in our knowledge and to catalyze further international action.
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