Ecological health depends on a wide diversity of all life forms. The greater the biodiversity the more opportunities there are for adaptive responses to environmental challenges such as climate change and economic development. Loss in biodiversity may limit medical and pharmacological discoveries. Biodiversity-rich ecosystems are more resilient and boost ecosystem productivity.
Countries with abundant biodiversity understand its importance and have enacted strict policies for its protection. Costa Rica is one of these countries and is considered the ideal model for biodiversity protection policy. Though these policies are important, they are hampering important biodiversity research. In order to preserve biodiversity in ecological hotspots they must be monitored, but the permit process is long, difficult and discourages scientists from doing this important research. My presentation explores this dilemma, particularly in Costa Rica, as well as the history and success of INBio, Costa Rica’s national institute of biodiversity, as well as the history and progress of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Lauren Dingle, ’12
Major: Environmental Studies
Sponsor: Marty Condon