Species Diversity and Conservation

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Species diversity (biodiversity): “Variability among living organisms from all sources, including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes of which they are part of: this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.” (Source: 1992 Convention on Biodiversity)

Montréal is home to a rich and diverse flora and fauna. For example, there are 359 bird species (Bannon, P. 1991) and 180 species of bees (Normandin, E. 2015)! Since the greatest threats to biodiversity are loss and fragmentation of habitat, it is imperative that the natural environments present in Montréal be preserved so that this extraordinary diversity of species is conserved for future urban generations. Discover the formative projects that highlight the richness of species in the city and the conservation of the natural environments they inhabit.