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ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: By disturbing the natural harmony, we are all in danger

Biodiversity is a net in which every species forms one important thread, but the net is getting weaker as we lose one species almost every hour.

ZAGREB - This year's International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated this Sunday under the slogan "Building a common future for every living being." Given the worrying data that indicate that we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate, its conservation must become a priority for every individual.  
Biodiversity includes all life on Earth, including animals, plants, fungi, microorganisms, and us humans. Each species is an important thread in the network that maintains natural balance and provides us with the resources necessary for life - food, drinking water, clean air and a place to live. The latest Living Planet Report shows that we have lost 68% of the populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970.
By unsustainable practices, we are endangering our planet, and thus ourselves. By polluting the environment, we destroy living space for ourselves and other living beings, deforestation directly affects the reduction of biodiversity and disrupts harmony between humans and animals, excessive hunting devastates the oceans, and river regulation brings many species to the brink of extinction.
Nataša Kalauz, Executive Director of WWF Adria, says: “Human pressure on the planet and its resources is growing. Today, we lose one species almost every hour. While this sounds scary, it is positive that we are now aware of our impact on the planet and know we can change it. We know that we cannot survive without nature, but the question is what we will do to preserve it. "
Our region is rich in biodiversity, which is evidenced by the fact that of the 20,000 species of bees in the world, we have as many as 1,000. Interestingly, only seven of them belong to honey bees, while all other are solitary bees. Although it is believed that their most important economic value is the creation of honey, it is actually - pollination. One solitary bee pollinates as many plants as 120 honey bees in its lifetime. They are responsible for our every third food bite, which is why food security depends on them, and thus our future. 

"Each of us has an important role to play in conserving biodiversity. We can help bees very easily - by planting bee-friendly plants and herbs in our gardens and on balconies, or by building bamboo or reed dwellings for solitary bees. We can also help other species on the planet by more sustainable use of the resources that nature provides us on a daily basis. If we take only what we need, we give nature time to renew. Let's use tomorrow's International Day for Biological Diversity as the beginning of our more sustainable future ", concludes Kalauz.
Bees symbolize all the biodiversity on our planet

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