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Biodiversity: Understanding, monitoring, and conserving biodiversity

Biological diversity encompasses all of the Earth's plants, animals and micro-organisms, the genetic variation within each species, and the diverse ecosystems in which living things – including human beings – form communities and interact with one another and with the air, water, and soil around them.

The conservation and sustainable use of the world's biological resources is central to promoting sustainable development. The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) supports these goals by improving the quality and quantity of biodiversity information and analysis. GEOSS is linking together the world's many stand-alone biodiversity monitoring systems and connecting them to other Earth observation networks that generate relevant data, such as climate and pollution indicators. It also helps to fill in gaps in taxonomic and biological information, generate updated assessments of global biodiversity trends, track the spread and retreat of invasive alien species, and monitor how biodiversity responds to climate change.

Examples in the Biodiversity SBA:

Last edited 02 December 2016

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