The word biodiversity is short for biological diversity, which refers to the variety of all living things, as well as the ecosystems and natural processes that support them. The diversity of life is important and worthy of protection for many reasons, including it’s ecological, economic, cultural, scientific, aesthetic, and intrinsic values. Recognizing the importance of biodiversity, the province of New Brunswick has a provincial strategy that focuses on conserving biodiversity and using biological resources in a sustainable manner (click here to view strategy and learn more about biodiversity). The provincial strategy feeds in to the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy that was established in support of Canada’s obligations to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which provides a Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, for the 2011-2020 period.
How the Nature Trust supports biodiversity
The Nature Trust of New Brunswick supports biodiversity in all three pillars of our mission to conserve, steward and educate. As a land conservation organization, the Nature Trust conserves a diversity of ecosystems, providing habitat for our province’s biodiversity, including at risk and native species. With the support of our volunteers and land stewards, we steward for biodiversity on our nature preserves through sustainable practices such as restoration and clean-ups, as well as monitoring of these areas and the species that live there to ensure they are thriving over time. We work to educate and engage the public in learning about biodiversity through many outreach initiatives such as our Frog Walks and other educational events hosted on our nature preserves.
A collaborative effort
We are proud to be a part of the New Brunswick Environmental Network’s (NBEN) Collaborative Effort on Biodiversity in New Brunswick, working and collaborating with citizens, other environmental groups, government, academics, and businesses concerned with the conservation and stewardship of biodiversity in our province. We also worked on Team Bio Communications to create the ‘Live Wild: Together for New Brunswick Biodiversity’ logo seen here to help bring awareness to this collaborative effort. For more information about the collaborative and the logo, click here.