Habitat destruction, trade in animal parts and climate change are all to blame for the loss of biodiversity around the world.
It is problematic when local plants and animals become extinct, as they fulfil important ecological functions for the ecosystem. DW's latest content concerning biodiversity is collated below.
Belize's amazing biodiversity attracts growing numbers of visitors every year. But as Alexa Dvorson reports, Belize faces crucial choices: to promote its natural heritage and earn revenue from ecotourism, or allow foreign investors to clear land for wide-scale agriculture in a bid to reduce poverty.
Climate change threatens acceleration of species extinction. The Photo Ark is National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's multi-year labor of love to capture thousands of species, portrait-style, before they vanish.