NATURE AND CULTURE
ENERGY AND CLIMATE
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
CONSERVATION
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (EMS)
E&E ENGINEERING

Environment: The Balance
The variety of life on Earth, its biological diversity, is commonly referred to as biodiversity. The number of species of plants, animals and microorganisms, the enormous diversity of genes in these species, the different ecosystems on our planet, such as deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth. Appropriate resource management, conservation and sustainable development strategies attempt to recognise this as being integral to any approach. In some way or form, almost all cultures have recognised the importance of nature and its biological diversity for their societies and have therefore understood the need to maintain it. However, power, greed and politics have affected this balance.

The Importance of Biodiversity
Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, a larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops; greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms; and healthy ecosystems can better withstand and recover from a variety of disasters. And so, while we dominate this planet, we still need to preserve the diversity in wildlife. It has long been feared that human activity is causing massive extinctions. Despite increased efforts at conservation, it has not been enough and biodiversity losses continue. The costs associated with deteriorating or vanishing ecosystems will be high. Sustainable development and consumption would help avert ecological problems. Preserving species and their habitats is important for ecosystems to self-sustain themselves. The pressures to destroy habitat for logging, illegal hunting and other challenges are making conservation a struggle.

Instability and Environmental Backlash
The State of the World, 1999 Report from the Worldwatch Institute suggested that the global economy would be seriously affected by environmental problems, such as the lack of access to enough resources to meet growing population demands, if nothing was done. A decade and a half later, environmental degradation continues and, its state-of-the-art, contributes to social and political instability that has had a runoff effect into a variety of global security issues. As security issues augment, foreign policy of many nations, as a consequence, face an increase in violence and human rights abuses as disputes over territory, food and water spill into wars and internal conflicts. This instability has led to a vast environmental backlash in which the Centre has aligned itself with the pragmatic themes of nature and culture; energy, environment and climate; natural resource management and environmental impact; environmental conservation and advocacy; environmental ethics and philosophy; and environmental management systems. We strive to keep the environment and our planet's biodiversity as abundant as possible, with conservation and a clear understanding as custodians toward wildlife and resources alike.

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GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY THREAT














BIODIVERSITY THREAT IN RELATION HUMAN WATER SCARCITY THREAT