Biological diversity, or biodiversity, refers to the variability of all living organisms and the ecological systems they are a part of. Biodiversity plays an essential part in regulating the chemistry of our atmosphere, generating water supply, recycling nutrients and providing fertile soils. As home to a vast array of flora and fauna, forests play a key role in maintaining biodiversity.
Model Forests are very biologically diverse, and often include landscape areas with significant conservation or preservation values, such as national parks and world heritage forests containing species at risk.
By promoting a landscape-level approach, Model Forests foster a reduction in forest-fragmentation, enhanced wildlife habitat and the development of collaborative strategies with local communities for managing biodiversity.
Please go to the Activities Database to see the Model Forests working on this theme.