The precious diversity of life, culture and language | WiserEarth Blog

Luisa Maffi is interviewed by Kerry Vineberg, from Wiser Earth. (excerpts below)

To mark the UN International Year of Biodiversity, we are spotlighting one of our related communities, the Biocultural Diversity Portal, on WiserEarth. An expert on this topic, Luisa Maffi, Director of Terralingua, took some time out to talk with us. We would like to share with you what biocultural diversity is, how it has evolved over the years, and why it is so crucial to maintain.

“The web of diversity, both biological and biocultural, is important for maintaining the stability of our ecosystems. Think of the fragility of an fish population that relies on a yearly spawning during a full moon where all the fish for miles around gather in a small area the size of a tennis court. Now think of an indigenous culture and language that teaches it is taboo to harvest fish on this day in this place. If these practices are lost, the fish might all be caught in one day in one place before they can reproduce.”

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