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source: portal.unesco.org/culture/
en/ev.php-URL_ID=8270&URL
_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=
201.html


www.globalpolicy.org/socecon/
develop/2002/1118toepfer.htm


www.unep.org/Biodiversity/unep.pdf

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endangered languages

Over 50% of the world’s languages are endangered: 1 language disappears on average every 2 weeks…
  • 96% are spoken by 4% of the world’s population;


  • 52% are spoken by fewer than 10,000 people;


  • 28% by fewer than 1,000;


  • 80% of African languages have no orthography.
It has been demonstrated that where you are losing cultural diversity, you are losing biodiversity, and vice versa:

  • there is a remarkable overlap between the global mappings of world's areas of biological ‘megadiversity’ and areas of high cultural and linguistic diversity;


  • of the 9 countries that together account for 60% of human languages, 6 of these centers of cultural diversity are also countries with exceptional numbers of unique plants and animal species.

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