Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

“Wild flora and fauna are essential to human welfare, providing food, nutrient recycling, carbon absorption and genetic resources as well as immense aesthetic and recreational pleasure. Yet factors like deforestation, the loss of natural habitat, climate change and pollution mean that global biodiversity is set to decline by a further 10% by 2050, according to OECD research. The huge sums to be made from illegal trading in wildlife, illicit logging, fishing, chemicals trading and hazardous waste disposal – which the OECD estimates have a total value of USD 30-70 billion a year – make the task of preserving biodiversity all the harder. “We must toughen our policies to improve the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources and wildlife,” says OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “A failure to do so will have a costly, and in places irreversible, impact on our environment, our economies and our well-being. World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of the natural world but also to step up our action against the global decline in biodiversity.”
 
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General