22 May '11, 5am

Happy International Day for Biodiversity 2011!

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Message for the International Day for Biodiversity 2011 22 May 2011 This year's observance of the International Day for Biodiversity falls during the 2011 International Year of Forests, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to educate the global community about the value of forests and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them. The benefits of forests are far-reaching. Forests catch and store water, stabilize soils, harbour biodiversity and make an important contribution to regulating climate and the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. They generate profits for international businesses and provide essential income and resources for hundreds of millions of the world's poorest people. Yet, despite our growing understanding and appreciation of just how much we reap from forests, they are still d...

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