Is it Important to Save Animals from Extinction? Some people may ask why bother with conservation? We now realise that it is important to maintain the planet s biodiversity, that it is the richness (variety) of animal and plant life, its abundance and wild habitats that keeps us all healthy and happy. The more species disappear, the more entire eco-systems become vulnerable and would eventually fall apart as the links in the food chains become broken. For example certain animals only eat certain plants and those plants may need that animal to pollinate it or spread its seed. Without one, the other is also likely to die out. From a selfish point of view, we humans never know how valuable a species of animal or plant may be for us in the future, perhaps as food, medicines (particularly plants) or for specific information such as for biomimicry.
Protecting nature and habitats around the world The World Bank works with governments and partners around the world to protect oceans, forests, mountains, pasturelands and other ecosystems that are important for peoples livelihoods.
Bank support has helped protect for its resident marine life and an emerging tourism industry. By giving residents in resources to manage their forest resources sustainably, the Bank helped push deforestation rates down by 70% and raise real GDP by over 44%. The Bank engages communities in biodiversity conservation through incentives for nurturing the environment. In Kenya, a World Bank-supported paid 338 households to remove fences from their fields and allow wildlife to use an additional 22,000 hectares of adjacent land.
Wildlife populations increased and families used income from this arrangement for school and medical fees, as well as livestock. The Bank also helped in 251 communes covering 307,665 hectares in Albania. This led to sustainable management of community resources, reforestation of 1,634 hectares, and an 8% increase in incomes for participating communities. Investments in biodiversity can create jobs and raise incomes. The Banks US$ 5. 5 million investment in South Africas spurred millions in private sector investment, and created 614 jobs for people living in the surrounding areas. A project that supported conservation and increased community incomes by over 300% and created over 8,000 jobs.
Everything is connected Everything is connected. World Bank-supported has been good for wildlife and people. Ive seen so many canaries, bluebirds, toucans and monkeys lately, said community leader Nilza Roza. Healthy wildlife populations signal that the water table, which provides reliable water for the city, is working. Reforestation has also made communities safer from landslides, restored trees that absorb carbon dioxide and earned revenue-generating carbon credits for the city. When we protect animals and plants, we also protect the ecosystems that underlie our economies and well-being. To learn more about the World Banks work to save wildlife and biodiversity, visit