A bee was used on the 2020 International Day for Biodiversity logo to raise awareness on biodiversity in a wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Credit: Wisoot Supong

“Our solutions are in nature”

International Day for Biological Diversity this year needs “urgent” concerted actions to build a resilient and sustainable global economy that incorporates nature at its heart more than ever

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic this year, the interdependence and relationship between humans and nature is highlighted more than ever.

With invasion and intrusion into natural boundaries, humans have apparently set a condition that led to an outbreak of the Coronavirus, repeating the same mistake.

Last year, the global assessment on the state of nature and ecosystems coordinated by the Bonn-based Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) underlined that human activities “threaten more species now than ever before”, with the fact being shown that around 25 per cent of species in plant and animal groups are vulnerable.

This suggests that around one million species “already face extinction, many within decades,” unless action is taken to reduce the intensity of drivers of biodiversity loss, the report noted.

This year would be particularly critical as the global community attempts to address the issue and pave the way for post-2020 global biodiversity framework to try to “bend the curve”.

CBD Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Elizabeth Maruma Mrema said on the eve of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) today; “Biodiversity loss is a direct result of our short-sighted human activities including uncontrolled mining and infrastructure development, unsustainable farming and deforestation.
“All these have degraded ecosystems and have created the conditions that lead to events like possibly the pandemic,” she said.

What the world needs to end this pandemic, she added, is taking “urgent” concerted and collaborative actions to build a resilient and sustainable global economy that incorporates nature at its heart, even that means building back from the crisis.

This year IDB’s theme is as such set as, “Our solutions are in nature.”

A butterfly plays as a key index of the health of the environment as it needs specific environment to breed and feed. So, the more number of butterfly species is present, the rich of biodiversity the spot is. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)
A hornbill, the forest planter through its feeding and digesting processes with a number of seeds of trees and plants on its menu. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)
Other birds also play a similar role with varied ranges of feeding boundaries. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)
A fern is a plant of ancient time, which helps keep moisture at the low ground of the forest. It’s called a “living fossil”. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)
An orchid is dubbed as a jewel of the tree as it grows and blossoms on it, without causing any harm to its host. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)
A banyan tree provides a food source to a number of wild animals all year round following its different fruit bearing periods of time. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)
A grand view of Kaeng Krachan forest, which has long been a prime watershed of the upper South area. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)
An elephant, a big brother of the forest, which is an umbrella species as it roams through the dense forest, paving the way for other species to follow. (Photo: Wisoot Supong)