Biological Diversity and Genetic Resources

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This book discusses the Commonwealth Science Council’s programme on biological diversity and genetic resources and aims to contribute significantly towards establishing relevant mechanisms and developing practical action plans for conserving and sustainably using our rapidly vanishing biological diversity.




‘Biological diversity’ encompasses all species of plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems of which they are part. It is an umbrella term for the degree of nature's variety, including both the number and frequency of ecosystems, species or genes in a given assemblage. It is usually considered at three different levels, ‘genetic diversity’, ‘species diversity’ and ‘ecological diversity’.


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