Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Got time to be part of a survey team in Costa Rica?

There are endless reasons why to join survey teams and contribute to the better understanding of the biodiversity of a place...

Published by the Convention for Biological Biodiversity, the Global Diversity Outlook summarizes the latest data on status and trends of biodiversity.

"This Outlook presents some stark choices for human societies. On one hand it warns that the diversity of living things on the planet continues to be eroded as a result of human activities. The pressures driving the loss of biodiversity show few signs of easing, and in some cases are escalating. The consequences of current trends are much worse than previously thought, and place in doubt the continued provision of vital ecosystem services. The poor stand to suffer disproportionately from potentially catastrophic changes to ecosystems in coming decades, but ultimately all societies stand to lose.

On the other hand, the Outlook offers a message of hope. The options for addressing the crisis are wider than was apparent in earlier studies..."

To download the complete report, go to this website