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biodiversity

the variety of plant and animal life in a particular area. Environmentalists have expressed concern about the extent to which ECONOMIC GROWTH, in particular modern methods of farming, forestry and manufacturing, has reduced biodiversity, with some plant and animal species becoming rare or extinct. See POLLUTION.
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At the same time, the Philippines is also a bio-diversity hotspot because of mining activities, said the scientists.
The children helped plant up a 'pollinator garden' at the university's Henderson Hall site within Cochrane Park Zoe added: "The bio-diversity initiative has seen a great deal of enthusiasm from staff and students.
Today the least talked about are Bio-diversity and Water.
Through the Paryavaran Mitra (Friends of Environment) Project, which organises activities at 200,000 schools across India, Sarabhai said he aims to guide, facilitate and capacity-build students, who he feels need to be made aware of the growing challenges in such fields as water, bio-diversity, culture and waste management.
The assessment will also understand the efforts made by organizations towards study and understanding of bio-diversity, impact on society and its conservation.
According to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), traditional orchards supply food but they also are important for bio-diversity as the habitat structure is complex and supports a range of invertebrates, mosses and lichens, birds and bats.
Chris Walsh, bio-diversity officer for Lichfield District, said: "Because Japanese Knotweed is hard to keep under control, it is important we continue to tackle it when it appears.
The Conference jointly organized by the Indian Nitrogen Group and International Nitrogen Initiative under the chief patronage of acclaimed agriculture scientist Dr M S Swaminathan, has been discussing the beneficial impact of nitrogen, especially in food productivity and also its negative impact on environment, soil fertility and bio-diversity.
The IFAD will present a $3 million grant to finance a bio-diversity project and transfer technology to fight climate change.
It adds value to the many achievements made by the Kingdom of Bahrain and takes international implications by being opened in 2010, the year considered by the United Nations as the International Year of Bio-diversity, he said.
Native crops are also better for preserving the habitats of birds and other species, and maintaining bio-diversity is good for the long-term health of the ecosystem, according to the researchers.
The international community decided to set up seed bank, frequently known as gene banks, as a response to the loss of bio-diversity.