General status of species indicator: data sources and methods, chapter 1

1. Introduction

The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators report on the status of species which provides a measure of the state of biodiversity in Canada. Biodiversity reflects the number, variety and variability of living organisms. The protection of biodiversity is important to preserve ecosystems and the services they provide for us.

Every 5 years, the Wild Species series publishes a report on the general status of species in Canada. These general status assessments find and use existing information and expertise to develop general status ranks for as many species as possible. The Wild Species series also identifies which species need a more detailed status assessment or additional management attention.

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