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ImageBiodiversity is the cornerstone of life on earth.  In its most basic sense, biodiversity is the name for all the variety that exists in the vast spectrum of living things —from micro-organisms and plants to mammals and amphibians and so much more.  This tremendous diversity amongst all living things is essential to maintaining the proper balance of ecosystems around the world, and ensuring that human beings and all living things can continue to function and survive.

The importance of maintaining biodiversity has become poignantly clear as human activity around the world has led to the rapid deterioration of ecosystems and loss of species over the past century.  Particularly over the past few decades, we have become increasingly aware of the great number of plants and animals threatened by extinction or severe habitat loss, and the implications that this holds for agricultural systems, fisheries, and entire populations. 

In Palestine, a growing number of local species of plants and animals are threatened by the devastation to natural ecosystems brought on by military occupation, public overuse and mismanagement, and the influx of harmful chemicals, waste, and pollutants. 

To learn more about the full spectrum of environmental concerns linked to Israeli occupation, check out this article:

The Impact of Israeli Occupation on Palestine’s Environment by Simon Awad

If you’re interested in learning more about biodiversity in general, take a look at some of the global initiatives taking place to combat the loss of biodiversity:

The Convention on Biological Diversity