- Loss of bidiodiversity is happening at an extremely fast rate: According to WWF (2018) there has been an average decline of 60 per cent in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years. The loss of species today is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.
- Loss of bidiodiversity has incomprehensible consequences: According to Convention on Biological Diversity at least 40 per cent of the world’s economy and 80 per cent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. Biodiversity ensures clean water, clean air, food and protection from global climate change.
- Loss of bidiodiversity is irreversible: Once a species is extinct, it will never return.
That is why the Hempel Foundation committed itself to working strategically with sustaining biodiversity in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 15 with a focus on some of the planet’s most valuable natural habitats.
Recreational value aside, nature is crucial for an array of eco system services, providing clean air, clean water, food, energy and medicine in addition to reducing the devastating effects of natural disasters and climate changes.
The generations of today should sustain and protect nature and biodiversity for the generations to come.
Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land: ”Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”