Biodiversity supports everything in nature we need to survive: food, clean water, and shelter. We depend on ecosystems functioning. But climate change is accelerating habitat loss and degradation on land and water, endangering many species.
Deforestation and development are destroying habitats
Human-driven actions are disrupting vital ecosystems and accelerating the climate and biodiversity crises, damaging wetland, grassland, and woodland habitats.
Human-driven increased levels of carbon dioxide is polluting the ocean
CO2 is causing the ocean to become more acidic. By 2100, it’s expected that acidity levels will alter ocean chemistry and dissolve shells and corals. This change will have a detrimental impact on ecosystems, hugely affecting habitats and food chains.
Many species are in decline
Species across many different environments are becoming endangered as a result of human interference and climate change. Habitat loss and degradation is disrupting ecosystems and causing imbalances in the natural environment.
Delivering Biodiversity Net Gain
But not all is lost. Factoring in Biodiversity Net Gain during development aims to create or enhance habitats to improve biodiversity, leaving the environment in a better state than it was before.
Delivering Nature Positive Biodiversity Outcomes
Following on from COP27, governments from around the world are coming together once again, this time at COP15, to agree a new set of goals to tackle biodiversity loss.
The new goals, summarised in the Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 framework will detail the action needed to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled.
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Nora is a Freshwater Ecologist specialising in habitat assessments and advising on design requirements, such as influencing watercourse crossing designs to ensure fish migration is maintained.
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