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Global biodiversity loss threatens human well-being (UNEP Media Advisory)

Press Briefing: Launch of New Biodiversity Report from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

  • WHAT: Press briefing on the findings of the new Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Biodiversity Synthesis Report
  • WHEN: 19 May, 2005, Thursday, 11.00
  • WHERE: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 5AG
  • WHO: Jim Knight MP, UK Minister for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity; Georgina Mace FRS, Director of Science, Zoological Society of London; Kaveh Zahedi, Officer in Charge, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
  • WHY: Ecosystems and Human Well-being: the Biodiversity Synthesis Report is the next in a series of reports following the launch of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Released in advance of International Day of Biological Diversity on 22 May, the new report, the product of the largest assessment of its kind ever conducted, warns of the threat to human kind if current patterns of biodiversity loss continue.

Since 2001, more than 1,300 scientists and other experts have been examining the state of the world's ecosystems and its impact on human well-being. The scientists warn that the on-going degradation of the systems that support life on earth will worsen in the next 50 years.

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