Biodiversity in Alberta's Water
Ecosystems with greater biodiversity are healthier, more adaptable and resistant to change, and more stable. Biodiversity ensures the health of ecosystems and habitats that support essential living resources, including wildlife, fisheries and forests. It also provides for basic human needs such as food, shelter, and medicine. A variety of species maintain oxygen in the air, enrich the soil, purify the water, and regulate climate. Biodiversity also has recreational, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic values. Depsite the immense importance of biodiversity, we are currently causing the sixth great extinction in the multi-billion year history of the earth.
University of Alberta Research