The closer it gets to this ideal – in other words, the more biodiversity in the ecosystem – the stronger it is, the better it functions, and the better it can adapt to changes, even if unexpected or dramatic. That’s called resilience. And that’s why studies have found that an ecosystem may only decline slowly as it loses biodiversity – but when it loses too much, it hits a tipping point and falls off a cliff.
The more biodiversity in the ecosystem, the stronger it is, the better it functions, and the better it can adapt to changes.
Why does this matter? Well, all those endangered species that we love so much are often at the top of the food chain, and that means they depend on every other part of the ecosystem.
Plus, all those other species, large and small, are inherently valuable. If we want our forests to store carbon, host animals, and support communities, they need to stay strong. For example, recent studies have confirmed that higher biodiversity improves soil carbon storage, and that diverse forests store twice as much carbon as plantations that have only one species.
So we have to make sure that our tropical forests, and their priceless ecosystems and incredible biodiversity, stay intact. And that’s what Stand For Trees projects do.