Data Reporting System - Theme: Biodiversity

Introduction

Biodiversity is the variety and entirety of all life forms: the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Biodiversity cuts across all four physical themes. Biodiversity depends on the atmosphere, the land, the coasts and oceans and inland waters for its food, air, water and habitat - but the condition of the atmosphere, the land, the coasts and oceans and inland waters is also dependent on the condition of the biodiversity inhabiting it.

The issues included in the Biodiversity theme are structured to examine the contributions of biodiversity to human life, the principal pressures on biodiversity, and the condition of biodiversity at the species, habitat and community level, and also at the broader landscape level. Societal responses to pressures or deteriorating condition are not examined as separate issues.

Issues