Anne Blair Gould asks what biodiversity is and why it’s important to stop the loss of biological diversity (animals, plants, fungi, bacteria). Scientists estimate that species are now going extinct at a rate 100-200 times faster than normal. The Convention on Biological Diversity is explained as is the Global Biodiversity Information Fund & the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The BIOTA project of San Paolo in Brazil is also described.
Guest speakers include:
Prof. Rik Leemans, Wageningen University, NL
Dr Mark Collins, Director UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK
Dr Neville Ash, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK
Dr Peter Schalk, Director Expert Taxonomic Identification Centre, Amsterdam, NL
Dr Ben ten Brink, RIVM, NL.
Producer: Ann Blair Gould
Broadcast: September 28, 2004