Why does biodiversity matter?

The United Nations themselves are onto something! Check out the conclusions of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity (which took place on September 22nd 2010) published on the UN’s website:

Biological diversity underpins ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services essential for human well-being. Its continued loss, therefore, has major implications for current and future human well-being.

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