Can saving frogs lead to prosperity? That’s probably not a good question to ask a scientist with Amphibian Ark :-) but Conservation International and other science groups have released a study showing a connection between protecting biodiversity and protecting the future economic productivity of a region. Key excerpt: “70 percent of the world’s highest priority areas for biodiversity conservation also contain significant value in ecosystem services such as fresh water, food, carbon storage, storm buffers and other natural resources that sustain human life and support social and economic development.”
This study should help national leaders engage their industries about what’s best for long-term prosperity. It’s great to see the biodiversity camp producing reports like this.