That’s the message of the latest report from the Millenial Ecosystem Assessment. Entitled Ecosystems and Human Well-being: the Biodiversity Synthesis Report, this report notes that the people who will suffer most from ecosystem degradation are those least likely to be able to afford it. Dr. Neville Ash, a member of the Millenial Assessment synthesis team, sums it up nicely:
“The bottom line is that you cannot achieve long-term poverty alleviation without sustainability.
“In order to reduce hunger and poverty and increase access to clean water and sanitation, we need to have a strong base of environmental sustainability which is providing these services on which people rely for their well-being.”