Biodiversity Made Simple

Just look around us we have a wide variety of flowering plants, ferns, majestic trees, insects, birds, fish and animals and the unique places they live in such as mangrove swamps, rivers, highlands and coastal areas. The water we drink, the air we breathe and the clothes we wear all comes from nature and the complex process and services that nature does to sustain life on earth. All this living forms including us humans and the services that nature does forms an integrated web of life. This brings about the concept of biodiversity.

Biodiversity was defined by the UN Earth Summit in 1992 as “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”.

In simple terms biodiversity is the variety of all living forms found in this world and the various habitats they live in.

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