BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: Resilient Ecosystems from Biodiversity

Last Updated: March 20, 2019

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Biodiversity or “biological diversity” refers to the variety of species and genetic diversity in an ecosystem.

Ecosystems rely on biodiversity for resiliency, health and food. A loss in biodiversity is like a soccer team without a defense.

If you lose specific habitats like wetlands, grasslands and forests, then you threaten biodiversity. It’s from the richness in species that we can derive certain pharmaceutical products.

For example, 1/4 of drugs we commonly use today were originally derived from plants. Most of these were discovered in rainforests where biodiversity is immense.

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