Why do we need to protect biodiversity? We need ants to survive, but they don't need us at all
Updated: Jan 19
According to a report by Professor Wilson, author of How our health depends on our biodiversity and Chivian, E. and Bernstein, A. of Harvard Medical School, nature and biodiversity are important for our health and well-being.
Biodiversity is the scientific term for the variety of life on Earth. It refers not just to species but also to ecosystems and differences in genes within a single species. Everywhere on the planet, species live together and depend on one another. Every living thing, including man, is involved in these complex networks of interdependent relationships, which are called ecosystems.
Healthy ecosystems clean our water, purify our air, maintain our soil, regulate the climate, recycle nutrients and provide us with food. They provide raw materials and resources for medicines and other purposes. They are at the foundation of all civilisation and sustain our economies. It's that simple: we could not live without these “ecosystem services”. They are what we call our natural capital.
Biodiversity is the key indicator of the health of an ecosystem. A wide variety of species will cope better with threats than a limited number of them in large populations. Even if certain species are affected by pollution, climate change or human activities, the ecosystem as a whole may adapt and survive. But the extinction of a species may have unforeseen impacts, sometimes snowballing into the destruction of entire ecosystems.
Source: European Commission
Yoma Land’s biodiversity initiative: Community Forest at StarCity
As one of the oldest real estate developer in Myanmar, Yoma Land is adopting a series of sustainable initiatives to preserve the biodiversity, from raising awareness on the flora and fauna at the Pun Hlaing and StarCity estates, adopting Edge (Green Building) as its guiding standards at Yoma Central, it is now encouraging the community at StarCity to preserve native trees around the country at StarCity. The botanic garden will be supplied and cared for by the community; and the legacy lives on and be told by future generations of the community.
Yoma Land will grow a tree for:
Every child born to a Yoma Staff
Every person buying a Yoma Land Property
Every child enrolled in Dulwich College Yangon
An interactive map locating and identifying the tree and dedicatee; every tree will tell a story. The trees are sourced from all over Myanmar. Members of the Yoma Group family are encouraged to bring back sapling from their ancestral village. This is how the community forest shapes the transformation of the landscape at StarCity.
For more information or share your thoughts on our planned community forest, please email us!