Video PlayerClose OTTAWA, May 21 (Xinhua) — The COVID-19 pandemic reaffirms the urgency to protect global biodiversity, said Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Elizabeth Maruma Mrema on Thursday. In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Elizabeth expressed her hope that the COVID-19 pandemic could serve as a wake-up call for people to fix deteriorating relations with nature. “Biodiversity loss presents a fundamental risk to the healthy and stable ecosystems that sustain all aspects of our societies,” she said, ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) which falls on Friday. Under theme of “Our solutions are in nature,” this year’s IBD highlights that biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges, such as climate change and food security. “We must also address the underlying drivers of disease emergence, many of which also overlap with drivers of biodiversity loss,” she said. “We need to better manage ecosystems to reduce the risks of infectious diseases, including zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, for example by avoiding ecosystem degradation, including deforestation, intensification of agriculture and livestock, human encroachment on natural habitats, resource extraction, prevention of invasive alien species, and limit or control human-wildlife contact,” Mrema said. Mrema mentioned… Read full this story
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