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Biodiversity

Overview

Biological Diversity or 'Biodiversity' as it is commonly known, is defined as the variety of all forms of life on Earth - the animals, plants and micro-organisms, as well as their habitats, surrounding environments and ecosystems. Australia is the developed world's most megadiverse nation as it supports nearly 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Not only does this valuable resource provide the food we eat, medicines, fuel and support to our economy, biodiversity is also essential to our cultural heritage and national identity. The United Nations proclaimed 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity to promote awareness of the importance of biodiversity in sustaining life on Earth and to encourage people to combat biodiversity loss through education and action.

To begin reviewing biodiversity in your school, go to the Tracking and Investigating School Ground Use (QSS website, Toolbox Section 3.6) webpage for resources to conduct school ground management and biodiversity audits and identify areas within the school where biodiversity can be improved.

Biological Diversity or 'Biodiversity' as it is commonly known, is defined as the variety of all forms of life on Earth - the animals, plants and micro-organisms, as well as their habitats, surrounding environments and ecosystems. Australia is the developed world's most megadiverse nation as it supports nearly 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Not only does this valuable resource provide the food we eat, medicines, fuel and support to our economy, biodiversity is also essential to our cultural heritage and national identity. The United Nations proclaimed 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity to promote awareness of the importance of biodiversity in sustaining life on Earth and to encourage people to combat biodiversity loss through education and action.

To begin reviewing biodiversity in your school, go to the Tracking and Investigating School Ground Use (QSS website, Toolbox Section 3.6) webpage for resources to conduct school ground management and biodiversity audits and identify areas within the school where biodiversity can be improved.