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Sep
29
2022 STEP Webinar: Biodiversity Matters in Managing Natural Assets: Working Together to Protect and Manage the Species that Make Up Our Natural Heritage for Watershed Health and Resilience
By Sara Finnimore

Abstract: Scientists around the world have been sounding the alarm about the loss of biodiversity. One recent report found that between 1970 and 2016, populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish have declined 68 per cent on average worldwide.

Our local biodiversity is in better condition than many other places in the world. However, the species that live in the Credit River Watershed still face significant threats from habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change.

Thousands of species of plants and animals call the watershed home, including many rare and threatened species. These plants and animals provide many key ecosystem services – including water purification, temperature regulation, and flood mitigation – that we can’t afford to lose.

Luckily, the major threats to biodiversity in our area can be prevented and mitigated if we work together.

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the ongoing global crisis of biodiversity declines and will discuss what is known about the status of local biodiversity. We will highlight existing local programs focusing on biodiversity conservation and management and suggest additional actions that could be taken to slow down and even reverse biodiversity declines.

Date
September 29
Time
12:00pm - 1:00pm (EDT)
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