We need to talk about nature. But not because today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. We shouldn’t need an awareness day to remind us how important biodiversity is.
Over the past few months, we have profiled some of the neglected species whose fortunes Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is helping to turn around. The take-home message, we hope, is that giant snails, pygmy hippos, dragon trees, sturgeons, Caribbean reptiles, cao vit gibbons, Kyrgyz tulips and Siamese crocodiles are not only worthy of attention in their own right, but also integral to the bigger picture.
And that picture isn’t a pretty one. We’re systematically unpicking the threads that make up the warp and weft of life’s rich tapestry. That includes not only the carefully delineated individual figures, from majestic elephants, tigers and baobabs to anonymous arthropods, but also the intricate detail of the all-important backdrop – the forests, grasslands, peatlands, wetlands and seascapes – without which the entire showpiece would fall apart.