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Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops. Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.
Recently, the Earthwatch Institute declared bees the most important living species on this planet.
This declaration is concerning because, according to wildlife scientists and experts, bees are on the endangered species list.
Studies show a dramatic 90% decline in the bee population in the last few years. The main reasons for their extinction include the use of pesticides, deforestation or lack of flowers. Bees are titled the most important being on earth because 70% of the world’s agriculture depends exclusively on bees. Without the hard work of bees’ pollinating, those plants would not be able to reproduce.
Ekobie is part of #TogetherForBiodiversity, a movement that is gaining momentum. It is completely new and even unique in the European Union,
75 organizations that deal with biodiversity in Belgium and their experts join forces within the # SamenVoorBiodiversiteit movement. No institutional or community gap. Universities and researchers, international NGOs, environmental associations, zoos, nature parks, museums and botanical gardens, municipalities and local actors, Walloon, Brussels, Flemish and federal governments have decided to join forces to respond to the urgency of the situation.