“The State of the planet is broken. My dear friends, humanity is waging war on nature, this is suicidal, nature always strikes back and it is already doing so with growing force and fury. Biodiversity is collapsing, 1 million species are at risk of extinction, ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes”
UN-Secretary General, 2021, Speech at Columbia University December 2
OUR planet is home to a staggering 8,000,000 species of plants and animals, all part of a circle of life that is as beautiful as it is resilient. And yet, over a million of them are now facing extinction in the coming decades, all because of one incredibly invasive species — humans.
What would our world look like if we lost 1/8 of all plants and animals? Could this loss in biodiversity lead to another mass extinction event? Scroll on to find out more.
Loss Of Keystone Species
Keystone species are animals and plants that are critical to the survival of other species in its ecosystem. Bees, for example, help ensure the survival of many plant species through pollination, which in turn creates natural habitats for other insects and animals. This will accelerate further biodiversity loss.
species of animal and plants are at risk of extinction, according to a landmark report by the UN. This includes many keystone species like bees, corals, and sea otters.
Rising global warming
Locally, Malaysia has lost
of its total forest cover from 2002 to 2020, according to global forest watch .
40%of invertebrate pollinators like bees and butterflies are facing extinction worldwide!
Did you know?
Even small losses in biodiversity can have a huge impact on food security, especially if that loss affects keystone species. Already, research by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) found that as much as 26% of livestock are at risk of extinction .
In a world without biodiversity, the scarcity of food would cause prices to spiral out of control, creating further social inequality and widespread malnutrition.
How do we fix it?
As a responsible corporate citizen and a ‘Force for Good’, Sime Darby Property (SDP) has pledged to restore urban biodiversity with its comprehensive 2030 Sustainability Goals. A key initiative in the developer’s commitment to biodiversity conservation is through tree-planting and reforestation efforts.
Through strategic partnerships with conservation specialists, SDP will undertake rigorous biodiversity assessments and drive the inclusion of endangered, rare and threatened tree (ERT) species in its landscaping, with the goal of transforming green spaces within their developments into a genetic store and subsequently, encourage wildlife to flourish.
Watch the full video to find out more.
SDP has partnered with the non-governmental organisation, Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) in its wellness-oriented City of Elmina township. This partnership resulted in the birth of the Elmina Rainforest Knowledge Centre (ERKC), a pilot initiative which will serve as a one-stop-centre for forestry research, conservation, education and recreation. The tree nursery facility at ERKC aims to produce up to 100,000 ERT tree species which will then be transplanted across the City of Elmina and other Sime Darby Property townships.
The ERKC will also be hosting environmental educational workshops, tree planting and reforestation activities for the public to learn about the importance of our rainforests.
Stay tuned for more exciting activities and content coming your way
as we embark on this journey into urban biodiversity.
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