Biodiversity and Human Sustainability - compare and contrast two countries' efforts to conserve biodiversity

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Controlling the loss of biodiversity requires international legislation. The willingness to participate in conservation initiatives varies from country to country and is dependent on economics, and social and political views. Most tropic biomes are located in countries where there are conflicts between exploration of resources and sustainability. Recent research suggests that rich, developed countries are frequently doing the least to conserve biodiversity.

  • Choose any two countries (options can be found in the links below), and then compare and contrast their efforts to conserve biodiversity (consider threats like habitat destruction, human-wildlife conflicts, over-hunting, and the growing wildlife trade). Your response should be 2 or 3 paragraphs in length.
  • Compare your response with those of your classmates.
    • How did your chosen countries differ?
    • Did you find a trend with richer, more developing countries doing less toward supporting biodiversity?

The following resources can be used to begin your research:

The Data Team. (2017). Who best protects megafauna? The Economist.
Note: After clicking the link, immediately save the article to your desktop. You can only access three Economist articles per week without paying for a subscription.

Gaworecki, M. (2017). Research suggests less affluent countries more dedicated to wildlife conservation than rich countries. Accessed July 31, 2017, from Nation of Change at

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School: Carnegie Mellon University



Conserving Biodiversity




In the recent past, people have gained interest in the concept and evaluation of
biodiversity to understand the implications of losing species and habitats to the stability of the
environment. Biological diversity is the variety that exists in the world of organisms including
their variability in genetic modification and the assemblages they form. To help conserve the
biodiversity and variety of life on earth, many countries have participated in the international
convention on biological diversity including Botswana in Africa. Its engagement in the
convention was in an attempt to promote sustainable use of resources and an equitable
distribution of the resources that are a result of efficient utilization of genetic resources (In
Molletet & In Kepe, 2018).

Decreasing biodiversity in Botswana has been facilitated by ...

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