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Biobanking Necessities

Biodiversity loss is a problem plaguing many lands in and around the globe, it threatens the survival of land and animal species, painting a bleak future for generations to come.

The escalation of biodiversity has necessitated the formulation of new strategies with which to address the problem. Biodiversity banking colloquially known as biobanking, is one such strategy.

Biobanking is a system used to combat biodiversity loss which is caused by habitat degradation occasioned by drought, soil degradation, and corruption of the environment, amongst other things. The purpose of even engaging in biobanking is to address the threat of biodiversity loss occasioned by human activity, it also provides an opportunity for persons to offset their negative impact on biodiversity.

So for instance, if a company would like to build a shopping mall in a certain area, such company would have to develop an area which is the least sensitive in terms of biodiversity, and where such mall is eventually built the company would have to offset the impact thereon.

The impact is offset by setting up a biobank, this is a piece of land in which biodiversity is preserved and enhanced either to the level in which the impact was made, or beyond such level.

Biodiversity is a great initiative in that it takes into account the realities that come with the progression of society.

As civilisation moves forward and more people want to live closer to the city so as to be closer to work and schools, residential areas and shopping complexes continue to encroach on land which once was uninhabited by human beings. So biobanking conveniently acknowledges these needs, and allows them to be met without compromising environmental values.

Biobanking also offers the advantage of being specific in its operation, it is not a willy-nilly scheme where any species will do.

However it is a replacement scheme, if you will, which effectively duplicates the biodiversity site which was impacted.

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