Healthy Ecosystems vital to global goals
Preserving healthy ecosystems is a critical component of
alleviating global poverty and achieving sustainable development.
That is the opinion of more than 1300 scientists from
95 countries who contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment (MA). At the same time, the report identifies
human activities such as agriculture and industrial development
as drivers of change that threaten long-term availability
of the very goods and services on which humans depend.
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Healthy ecosystems ‘critical in the fight
Ehsan Masood, SciDev.Net
Halting degradation of the planet's ecosystems is critical
to ending world poverty and ensuring sustainable development
in the global South, says a major study published yesterday
[30 March 2005].
David Dickson and Ehsan Masood, SciDev.Net
Last week's report of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
provides a timely reminder of the plight facing the global
environment. But its scare tactics could alienate those
whose support is needed to reverse current trends.
Global ecosystem audit should not be one-off
Harold Mooney, Angela Cropper and Walt Ried
Leaders of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment argue that
a periodic audit of the state of the world's ecosystems
is essential to guide policies for sustainable development.