Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Preserving Forest Biodiversity

by Antonio C. Antonio
June 28, 2014

Biodiversity is short for biological diversity.  Biodiversity is the term used to describe the dynamic interplay of the natural processes between plant and animal life on earth.  This includes the connections between these and all species (flora and fauna).  If we are to preserve biodiversity on earth (terrestrial or marine ecosystems), we must first understand the relationship between them (plants and animals) and the strong influence they have on each other.  Millions of animal and plant species have already been recorded but there are still many more to be discovered.

Countless number of studies and researches had already been conducted on the cause of biodiversity loss especially in the forest.  Most, if not all, of these scholarly documents seem to point to anthropogenic causes… meaning: man-made.  Disturbance regimes caused by man in forest areas because of land use conversion have been responsible for the extinction of many plant and animal species.  Something should really be done before all plant and animal life is gone forever.

There is no debate when it comes to the necessity of infrastructure intervention as a growth engine for economic development.  More often, forest areas are sacrificed in the name of progress.  But a great degree of conscience for biodiversity is needed.  There is always a pro-environment and biodiversity-protective way of doing things.  Take the case of this stretch of highway built in Taiwan.  (Please see picture.)  I’m very certain there are other infrastructure projects in your mind that are eco-friendly.

Just my little thoughts…

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