The best way to conserve biodiversity is to protect habitat. That is precisely what The Nature Trust of BC does.
Before we know where we should be putting our conservation efforts, we need to have an understanding of what we have. The results from Taking Nature’s Pulse: The Status of Biodiversity in British Columbia, a milestone report and the companion Biodiversity Atlas of BC, provide a context and source of information for taking action to conserve biodiversity in British Columbia.
This information provides a science-based foundation from a provincial context which gives us the best available information to assist British Columbians, including The Nature Trust, in making informed choices regarding biodiversity.
The overall message is that biodiversity in BC is still in relatively good shape but vulnerable to deterioration unless we make changes in the way we use and relate to the natural world.
What Is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity (short for “biological diversity”) refers to the number, variety, and variability of all living things. Biodiversity is the variety of life in an area, which can range from life in a pool of water that collects between the leaves of a plant to the all-encompassing biosphere.
There are many levels of organization that identifies biodiversity. These include the genetic diversity of populations, the number and types of species, the distribution and abundance of species communities and ecosystems, and the interactions between organisms with their physical environment.