If you’ve never visited the Amazon, the world’s most famous forest may inspire visions of dense, pristine trees, thundering waterfalls and wildlife galore. And in fact, you’d be right. Housing 10% of the world’s known species, the Amazon hosts the richest biodiversity (the variety of species and ecosystems that comprise all life on earth) of any ecosystem on the planet.
People near and far rely on Amazonia’s ecosystems, but despite the crucial services it provides, ongoing deforestation and climate change threaten to permanently alter this massive system. Today, International Day of Biological Diversity, it is important to spotlight efforts to prevent irreversible damage to Amazonia’s rich biodiversity, and the steps we have taken here at @ConservationOrg to figure out what parts of Amazonia we can’t afford to lose and areas that must be prioritized for conservation. Click the link in our bio to learn more.