Biodiversity & nature


Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living systems that provide us all with vital services our lives depend on. Yet this variety of life is being lost at an alarming rate.

Our planet has not witnessed such a loss of species diversity since the last major extinction which wiped out the dinosaurs. The major causes of this loss are our high demand for natural resources and excessive levels of pollution due to our production and consumption patterns. The EU, for example, uses the equivalent natural resources of 2.5 planet earths.

This is not only a problem because of the intrinsic value of biodiversity. The continued loss poses a direct threat to every person on this planet due to the vital materials and services it provides, such as clean water and air and the food we eat.


For more info, please contact:

Leonardo MAZZA

Senior Policy Officer: Biodiversity, Water and Ecosystems

Tel: +32 (0) 2 289 10 93