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.
Senegal's Siné Saloum Delta is a biodiversity hotspot. But drought, climate change and the uncontrolled logging of mangrove forests, has meant the ground's salinity has shot up – threatening the livelihoods of thousands of people living there.
Wetlands may not be as sexy or eye-catching as coral reefs or lush rainforests but these diverse, complex landscapes play a vital ecological role. They perform a vast array of functions - from flood defense and water purification to even flavoring our whiskey. In honor of World Wetlands Day, we pay homage to the world’s wonderful wetlands with a tour of swamps, bogs and marshes.
One-fifth of Scotland is covered in peat bogs, a spongy ground made of decomposed vegetation formed over thousands of years. The bogs act as a natural carbon sink and scientists say they could help play a role in climate change mitigation. But Scotland’s peatlands have seen better days, with most of them damaged by human interference. Now, efforts are underway to restore this iconic landscape.