Plant Disease, Pests and Erosion of Biodiversity

Authored by: Pascal O. Girot

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch32

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Abstract

Biodiversity is the variety of life, in all its forms. It provides the foods and medicines used around the world today, the fibre for clothes, many of the materials for shelter and houses, and a plethora of other goods and services such as soil nutrients, clean water, disease and climate buffering, energy and much else, which sustain the livelihoods of millions of rural poor and on which all people are ultimately dependent. As such, biodiversity is a critical element of human security.

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