Sustainable Use of Biodiversity
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 40% of the world's economy is based on the use of biological resources. The sustainable use of these resources is therefore critical not only for the protection of biological resources, but for the flourishing of the global economy. If we learn to apply lessons on sustainable use from agriculture and livestock management, forestry, fisheries, biofuels production, bioprospecting, and more, we can better restore and create healthy ecosystems that deliver long-term economic benefits to people while protecting biodiversity and ecosystems. As underlined in the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, sustainable use is also an effective tool to reduce local and regional poverty while achieving dignity of life for people everywhere.