Naturevolution is an environmental organization that works to preserve and improve knowledge of biodiversity.
Because biodiversity is indispensable...
Three examples among thousands of others on the value of biodiversity :
Did you know that trees transpire and in injecting water into the atmosphere, contribute very significantly to precipitation ? In fact, they are true rain factories and on the continents, forests are even the principal source of rain. To give you an idea, something like 20 billion tons of water vapor per day is absorbed by wind in the Amazon, eventually falling as rain along the La Plata Basin. This rain feds the agricultural economy of this region at an estimated value of 190 billion Euros per year.
Did you know that nearly 70% of our current drugs are based on plant molecular structures ? In Madagascar alone, 900 of the 12000 known plant species are used for therapeutic purposes.
Do you know the role of insect pollinators ? Their work is estimated to be worth 150 billion Euros per year. Without them, the cost of global agricultural production would increase 8%. Suffice to say that the massacre of these organisms would have enormous and dramatic social and economic consequences.
Biodiversity provides everything we need to eat, to breathe, to drink, and to live.
Because biodiversity is diminishing at a high speed...
We know it but we still are sawing off the branch that we're sitting on. At this current rate of deterioration , it's estimated that half of all species will be gone by the end of the 21st century. This is the sixth crisis of mass extinction, the fastest that the earth has known, we are the sole ones responsible and many species will disappear even before they are discovered.
Because we know little about biodiversity and its interactions...
We still do not know when the damage we inflict upon nature will get high enough that it leads to an ecological crash.
We already know of 1,8 million species, but it is estimated that there are between 8 and 30 million that remain to be discovered in the world. Yet at the current rate of discovery (about 16000 new species every year), it would take nearly a millennium to complete the exhaustive inventory of global biodiversity. But what will remain to inventory in 1000 years, while deterioration of natural areas is accelerating ?