Biodiversity

Rewilding!

This Sunday's blogpost is about one of the many good alternatives that is being done to make a positive contribution for biodiversity, and with it, the environment; it is called 'rewilding'. The concept is simple - by reintroducing species that has almost died out in an area, the hope is that biodiversity will once again peak and that natural processes and wild species will play a more significant part in how the landscape is build up. 

In Europe, there is an organisation called Rewilding Europe that states their mission as: 'Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place. We want much more space for wildlife, wild nature and natural processes. We want to bring back the variety of life for us all to enjoy. And we want to explore new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild. Let’s make Europe a wilder place together!'. 

One way to achieve this is by reintroducing wildlife, as bison, stags, lynx and wild horses. As biodiversity is in steady decline globally, initiatives like this can make a vital contribution to an area. To get a more visual presentation of the concept, see this video made by Rewilding Europe: 

Living Planet Report 2016

Every second year, WWF publishes a Living Plantet Report to inform us about the current state of our common Earth and the species that lives here. 

They recently published this years report, and the results are worrying. The scientist behind the report have developed their results based on 14.000 populations of 3.700 different species. Here are some of the findings: 

- From 1970 to 2012 the populations decreased with approximately 58 percent.

- This means that the worlds animal population is more than halved in just over 40 years. 

- If the development continues like today, we will face a world in 2020 where 2/3 of all the animals on Earth will be extinct.  

These are gruesome prospects, and we don't even know the full impact this would have on the biodiversity as a whole, only that it will have an significant impact to the worse. 

Sir David Attenborough spoke at the WWF launch of the report, you could see the speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAqSeVY0mH4&feature=youtu.be

To read the full report, you can visit this site: http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/lpr_2016/  and if you want to read the summary you can follow this link http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/lpr_living_planet_report_2016_summary.pdf