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  Biodiversity (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Biodiversity may be a catch-all for various aspects of conservation, but the fresh perspectives arising from recognition of "biodiversity" suggest possible unifying concepts.
Biodiversity is seen by many as a symbol for our lack of knowledge about the components of life's variation, and their importance to mankind (see Takacs 1996).
The perspective that biodiversity reflects option and intrinsic values, to be balanced with other values, appears to be compatible with the broader discipline of conservation biology: "the field is rooted in a philosophy of stewardship rather than one of utilitarianism or consumption.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/biodiversity   (7541 words)

  Biodiversity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For geneticists, biodiversity is the diversity of genes and organisms.
Biodiversity is a broad concept, so a variety of objective measures have been created in order to empirically measure biodiversity.
Biodiversity researcher Sean Nee, writing in the 24 June 2004 edition of Nature, points out that the vast majority of Earth's biodiversity is microbial, and that contemporary biodiversity physics molecular dene is "firmly fixated on the visible world" (Nee uses "visible" as a synonym for macroscopic).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Biodiversity   (3859 words)

 Category:Biodiversity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Biodiversity is the shortened form of two words "biological" and "diversity".
The Convention on Biological Diversity gives a formal definition of biodiversity in its Article 2: "biological diversity means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems".
Biodiversity is not only the sum of all ecosystems, species and genetic material.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Biodiversity   (399 words)

 Scientific Facts on Biodiversity
The current loss of biodiversity and the related changes in the environment are now faster than ever before in human history and there is no sign of this process slowing down.
Biodiversity contributes directly or indirectly to many aspects of human well-being, for instance by providing raw materials and contributing to health.
To achieve greater progress towards biodiversity conservation, it will be necessary – but not sufficient – to strengthen a series of actions that focus primarily on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
www.greenfacts.org /biodiversity/index.htm   (2484 words)

 Biodiversity - Global Issues
The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the enormous diversity of genes in these species, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth.
Biodiversity actually boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play and that it is this combination that enables the ecosystem to possess the ability to prevent and recover from a variety of disasters.
The February 1999 Biodiversity Protocol meeting in Colombia broke down because USA, not even a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to which the protocol is meant to be part of, and five other countries of the "Miami Group" felt that their business interests were threatened.
www.globalissues.org /EnvIssues/Biodiversity.asp   (636 words)

 USAID Environment: Biodiversity
Tropical Forestry and Biodiversity (FAA 118 and 119) Analyses
Conserving biodiversity is especially crucial in developing countries where people’s livelihoods are directly dependent on natural resources such as forests, fisheries and wildlife.
The net economic benefits of biodiversity are estimated to be at least $3 trillion per year, or 11 percent of the annual world economic output.
www.usaid.gov /our_work/environment/biodiversity   (0 words)

 Biodiversity for food security
Conserving and using biodiversity sustainably is key to feeding the around 800 million malnourished people in developing countries.
Biodiversity, essential for agriculture and food production, is threatened by urbanization, deforestation, pollution and the conversion of wetlands.
But it is also important to maintain biodiversity on farms and in nature, where it can evolve and adapt to changing conditions or competition from other species.
www.fao.org /newsroom/en/news/2004/42621/index.html   (492 words)

 Biodiversity - EPA/QPWS
Biodiversity is defined by the National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity as "the variety of all life forms - the different plants, animals and microorganisms, the genes they contain, and the ecosystems of which they form a part.
Biodiversity Significance is the ranked significance of an area according to specified biodiversity values to account for ecological concepts such as rarity, diversity, fragmentation, habitat condition, resilience, threats, and ecosystem processes.
The regional ecosystems classification scheme and the associated Biodiversity Planning Assessments are part of the biodiversity planning framework has been developed to assist the EPA to plan for biodiversity both on and off reserve.
www.epa.qld.gov.au /nature_conservation/biodiversity   (408 words)

 Visiting: Biodiversity: life supporting life   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Live animals are one of the most popular attractions in Biodiversity: life supporting life - a living rock pool ecosystem and live freshwater crocodiles are the most spectacular displays.
Biodiversity: life supporting life is for the whole family.
A visit to Biodiversity: life supporting life is an intriguing look at Australia's precious environments and a highlight of a trip to the Australian Museum.
www.amonline.net.au /visiting/exhibitions/biodiversity.htm   (486 words)

Biodiversity conservation and management is an integral part of the Victorian Government's environment policies and a fundamental element of the Department's integrated programs.
Biodiversity conservation is recognised as an essential component of responsible environment and natural resource management.
The primary overarching legislation with biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of native flora and fauna is the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, administered by the Department of Sustainabillity and Environment.
www.dse.vic.gov.au /dse/nrence.nsf/childdocs/-8946409900BAC6344A256B260015D4AF?open   (814 words)

For starters, however, biodiversity (short for biological diversity) can be generally thought of as the “variety of life on earth.” Scientists use this term when discussing the richness of life forms and the heterogeneity of habitats found within or among particular regions.
Biodiversity in this sense is often indicated by the relative richness of species in one habitat versus another.
Biodiversity in the desert is often measured on a scale that would not be used in the tropical rainforest.
www.desertmuseum.org /books/nhsd_biodiversity.html   (3485 words)

 Nearctica - Ecology - Biodiversity
Biodiversity is the study of the diversity of life on earth.
Systematists are also interested in explaining diversity as well as describing it, and conservationists must (by definition) also have an interest in, and knowledge of, systematics, ecology, and evolution.
In addition the science of biogeography is closely tangled up in biodiversity and the two cannot be easily separated.
www.nearctica.com /ecology/biodiver/biodiv.htm   (211 words)

Biodiversity increases when new genetic variation is produced, a new species arises, or a novel ecosystem (or habitat) is formed.
Biodiversity decreases when the genetic variation within a species decreases, a species becomes extinct, or an ecosystem (or habitat) is lost.
Much of our knowledge on biodiversity comes from the basic activities of systematic biologists, namely the discovery and description of new species, the determination of their characteristics and evolutionary (phylogenetic) relationships to other species, and the organization of this knowledge into classification systems.
www.life.uiuc.edu /bio100/lectures/fall97lects/20f97Biodiv.html   (1881 words)

 Biodiversity Conservation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
By the early 1990s, biodiversity conservation had emerged as a newer, more holistic program emphasis for the Foundation, representing a logical extension of our more than two decades of commitment to Caribbean environmental protection.
The overall goal of the program is to facilitate and strengthen a process of improved national decision-making about biodiversity, including the protection and preservation of threatened natural resources.
Lindsay and B. Horwith, the restoration of offshore islands and the conservation of biodiversity in antigua-barbuda.
www.irf.org /irbiodiv.html   (1019 words)

 Biodiversity   (Site not responding. Last check: )
to learn about biodiversity) considers the wide variety of living organisms, and is based upon their genetic diversity resulting from the process of evolution.
Biodiversity includes genetic variety, species diversity and variability in communities and ecosystems.
The significance of biodiversity is three-fold: biodiversity sustains environments, it provides food, clothing, medicine, fuel, and other products, and it provides clean air and drinkable water.
www.cas.muohio.edu /~mbi-ws/BiodiversitySymbiosis/biodiversity1.htm   (264 words)

Biodiversity is defined in terms of genes, species, and ecosystems, and is the product of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary history.
Biodiversity (is a dynamic process and) increases when new genetic variation is produced, a new species is created, or a novel ecosystem is formed.
Biodiversity decreases when the genetic variation within a species decreases, a species becomes extinct, or an ecosystem is lost.
www.life.uiuc.edu /bio100/lectures/fall96lects/20f96biodiversity.html   (1645 words)

 Biodiversity Collection
The Biodiversity Collection is designed to help educators find outstanding curricula, multimedia resources, and other educational materials that can enhance biodiversity teaching in a variety of settings.
The Biodiversity Collection was produced by World Wildlife Fund in association with the North American Association for Environmental Education with support from Eastman Kodak Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The Curriculum materials included in The Biodiversity Collection: Resources for Educators were reviewed and evaluated by teams of classrooms teachers, content experts, and environmental educators.  The materials were evaluated using the Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education.
www.naaee.org /npeee/biodiversity.php   (403 words)

 UNEP-WCMC   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The remaining chapters examine two specific industrial inputs where biodiversity serves as an information source: the use of wild genetic resources in plant breeding and the use of substances derived from the wild in the pharmaceutical industry.
National importance for biodiversity is also examined in relation to natural and foreign investments in protected areas.
If human use of biological resources and human impacts on biodiversity generally are to be made sustainable, it is necessary to confront a number of challenging issues.
www.unep-wcmc.org /resources/publications/biodiv_series.htm   (1102 words)

The Earth's biodiversity has been in a constant state of change as long as life has existed on the planet.
The conversion of Canadian wetlands to agricultural land is a good example of habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity.
Protecting biodiversity is not free, saving animal and plant species can cost humans money, jobs, and even change the way we live.
bioweb.wku.edu /courses/BIOL115/Wyatt/Biodiversity/Biodiversity1.htm   (740 words)

 Tree of Life Links: Biodiversity
A project to create an interoperable network of biodiversity databases and information technology tools that will enable users to navigate and put to use the world’s vast quantities of biodiversity information to produce national economic, environmental and social benefits.
Biodiversity hotspots, the 25 richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life.
Links to biodiversity databases are provided on the page for Links to Databases, Directories, Organizations and Societies.
tolweb.org /tree/home.pages/links.html   (753 words)

 Biozone: Biodiversity
Contains 16 chapters beginning with biogical diversity, threats to biodiversity, and approaches to preserving what is left.
Site of Biodiversity Group of Environment Australia and covers such areas as: biodiversity, and conservation of plants and animals, and environments.
This service gives simple biodiversity profiles for ten countries and helps to identify biodiversity elements for which a country has sole responsibility.
www.biozone.co.nz /BIODIVERSITY.html   (585 words)

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