International environment day: Restoration of ecosystems
June 5 is International Environment Day and we join the call made by international entities to raise awareness about the care and protection of our ecosystems.
In the framework of the celebration of International Environment Day with the approach proposed by the UN: "Restoring ecosystems" we expose the urgency of preventing, stopping and reversing the damage caused to ecosystems in the world.
According to the United Nations, every three seconds, the world loses an area of forest equivalent to a football field and, in the last century alone, we have destroyed half of our wetlands. 50% of our coral reefs have already been lost and by 2050, up to 90% could disappear, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5 ° C.
Furthermore, the loss of ecosystems is depriving the world of carbon sinks, such as forests and rainforests, at a time when humanity can no longer afford it.
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What about the ecosystems of Colombia?
In Colombia there are about 8 ecosystems: páramo, savanna, desert areas, tropical forest, mangrove, coral reefs, seagrass meadows and pelagic ecosystem. And these are divided into terrestrial ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems.
Due to the different activities by humans and climate change, of the 96 types of ecosystems that Colombia has reported by the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies - IDEAM, almost half are at high risk, some in critical and dangerous status.
The impact that this can generate is enormous, since the deterioration of ecosystems results in loss of biodiversity, water resources, air and soil quality, among many other negative consequences.
"Reimagine, recreate, restore", focus on the day of the environment
We all depend on ecosystems, so there is no excuse or reason to refuse to care for them, and helping to restore them means going from exploiting nature to healing it. For the UN this is a very important issue and its mission by 2030 is to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmland, from the top of mountains to the depths of the sea.
BIOFIX present in the care and restoration of ecosystems
Although there is a special day to raise awareness about caring for the environment, BIOFIX in association with Afro-Colombian communities and indigenous peoples in Colombia, carries out the protection of 1,235,724 hectares of forests in the country, through 9 REDD + projects.