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1 What do you know about biodiversity?

2 Hello! Welcome to What do you know about biodiversity? You have probably heard of BIODIVERSITY many times… but do we know what it means? Come with us and we will learn together

3 …From the Amazon jungle to life in inaccessible caves, burning deserts, animals living in the sea, microorganisms in the North Pole,... the planet is full of LIFE The great variety of forms of life is called BIODIVERSITY Life is expressed in many many different forms If you have explored DIVERSITY, we invite you to continue learning with us Scientists talk about 3 types of diversity and we will learn a little about each one: DIVERSITY OF ECOSYSTEMS GENETIC DIVERSITY DIVERSITY OF SPECIES

4 Have you explored these subjects? Click here CULTURAL BIODIVERSITY “HOT SPOTS” BIOPIRACY WHERE DO YOU THINK?

5 What do you think of when you hear the term DIVERSITY OF SPECIES? Diversity of species refers to the variation in the number of species present in a region. It refers to all types of organisms (bacteria, fungi, plants, animals, etc..). Humans are just one of the one million, seven hundred thousand species believed to inhabit the Earth. Diversity of species are the different condiments used in cooking (parsley, paprika, oregano, salt, etc.). Diversity of species refers to the number of animals inhabiting the Earth every year. This number increases or decreases depending on the year.

6 ;-) Very good! Now something more difficult

7 And what about GENETIC DIVERSITY? This refers to science fiction: video games and movies about genes This refers to the genetic differences of each living organism, making each individual unique and unrepeatable. Just as there are no two people the same, no two sparrows are the same, or two strawberries… every living thing is unique Genetic diversity is the variety of domesticated species (livestock and agriculture) coming from wild species

8 ;-) Very good! Now something more difficult

9 A little more difficult, What do you think DIVERSITY of ECOSYSTEMS means? This is the diversity of ecosystems on the planet: forests, deserts, seas, mountains, rivers, etc. The ECOSPHERE includes all of the ecosystems on Earth (land and aquatic) This is the diversity of jungles in the Amazon, that is one of the most diverse places in the world. There is no such thing as Diversity of Ecosystems, it is an invented concept that means nothing. All ecosystems are identical in all parts of the world.

10 There is another kind of BIODIVERSITY called CULTURAL. What do you think this means? CULTURAL BIODIVERSITY is a term used to refer to the different types of caves used by humans in Palaeolithic times This is BIODIVERSITY that has been domesticated. All types of animals and plants have been used by humans for a long time. This forms part of a biological and cultural heritage. For example, melons from Villaconejos, cows in Guadarrama, beans from La Granja,... are all examples of this type of diversity BIODIVERSITY of cultural regions on the planet, where all people share a common language and have the same customs

11 Have you ever heard of diversity “Hot Spots“? What are they? “Hot Spots" are places on the planet that are very hot, usually in deserts. No organisms can survive in these areas This English term refers to areas where biological diversity is particularly rich. There are more than 30 “Hot Spots” on the planet, and the Mediterranean (where we live) is one of them The “Hot Spots” are a band from the United States with a hit song called BIODIVERSITY ON THE MOON

12 You hear about BIOPIRACY in the news. What does it mean? It is a popular video game in Japan. In the game you are a biodegradable pirate that has to eliminate waste all over the planet BIOPIRACY refers to the improper use of the biological wealth of indigenous people around the world. Normally, legal means are used (such as patents) to turn natural and cultural resources into private property BIOPIRACY refers to pirates in the past who lived in the Caribbean. They hid on remote islands and lived in nature, and that’s why they were called “biopirates”

13 Where is there greater BIODIVERSITY? A corn fieldA forestA zoo

14 FOREST: there are different species of animals, plants and other living things (fungi, bacteria, etc.) (HIGH RICHNESS) and also there is a large number of each species (communities) in their natural habitat ;-) Very good!!! ZOO: there are a lot of different species (HIGH RICHNESS), but very few individuals of each species (LOW ABUNDANCE) and they are not in their natural ecosystem but in an artificial habitat created by humans CORN FIELD: although there is a very large number of one species (HIGH ABUNDANCE) there are not many species other tan corn (LOW RICHNESS) and they are not in a natural ecosystem but in an artificial habitat created by humans: a crop

15 :-( Do we only consider animals? Remember there are many types of living things: plants, fungi, bacteria, viruses, …in addition to animals try again!

16 :-( We tricked you with the spelling. SPICES is not the same as SPECIES ;-) try again!

17 :-( There are three types of BIODIVERSITY: that of SPECIES (all living things on the planet), GENETIC (what makes each of us unique and unrepeatable) and that of ECOSYSTEMS (the variations in the habitats on the planet) ¡try again!

18 :-( Imagine all the different habitats we know (seas, forests, lakes, deserts, mountains, etc.). This is diversity of ecosystems try again!

19 :-( BIODIVERSITY refers to all living things… and not only humans. ;-) try again!

20 :-( We’ll give you a hint: we live in a “Hot Spot” try again!

21 :-( BIOPIRACY, for example, is related to the illegal traffic in species (animals and plants) and with medication and foods that were known ancestrally by different human communities try again!

22 :-( In a ZOO there are many different species (HIGH RICHNESS), but very few examples of each species (LOW ABUNDANCE) and they are not in their natural ecosystem but in an artificial environment created by humans try again!

23 :-( En un CULTIVO DE MAIZ aunque hay muchísimos ejemplares de una especie (HIGH ABUNDANCE) no encontramos muchas más especies aparte del maíz (LOW RICHNESS) y además no están en su ecosistema sino en un ambiente artificial creado por el ser humano: un cultivo try again!

24 Congratulations, you have come very far and you have become a real expert in BIODIVERSITY

25 And what do you know about BIODIVERSITY? Is one of the activities on BIODIVERSITY of the Environmental Education Programme for schools of the Community of Madrid


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