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2300 Threatened or Face the Risk of Extinction

Do the drylands of the world have any biodiversity value? Are drylands rich in biodiversity, and to what extent is it threatened? Listen to the response of Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in this message to the World Day to Combat Desertification.

One in three of all cultivated plants in the world are from the drylands. They include widely consumed foods such as oats, barley, sorghum, cabbage, tomato and even saffron. However, in the drylands, nearly 2300 biodiversity species are either threatened or on the verge of extinction. What can and needs to be done? Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, answers this question in this short video message prepared in celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification. The global observance will take place on 17 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but celebrations are planned all over the world, from South Africa, to Uzbekistan, the Philippines and Chile.

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