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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Biodiversity

During a discussion regarding my EMP, the topic of BIODIVERSITY was mentioned- and not knowing much about it, I decided to research it further. I found it to be very interesting, and more to point, fairly relevant to my work and the point I am trying to express with my images.


Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) is an internationally recognized program addressing threatened species and habitats. It is designed to protect and restore biological systems. 


 ‘Biodiversity’ – is the term given to the variety of life on Earth, and the natural patterns formed as a result. Biodiversity has been defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed in 1992, as:

"The variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.”

The UK Government has called for the development and enforcement of national strategies and associated action plans to identify, conserve and protect existing biological diversity, and to enhance it wherever possible.  Action plans for the most threatened species and habitats have been set out to aid recovery.

England’s landscapes are valued by people for a variety of reasons and each is characterised by its own pattern of geology, landform, soils, vegetation, land use and human settlement, which create local distinctiveness.
Landscape is more than just 'the view'. It is about the complex, interacting natural and cultural systems that make up each landscape and it is also about the relationship between people, place and nature. It is therefore essential that we protect our natural environment and restrict our building and construction.
The aim is to conserve and enhance the natural environment and deliver high quality, environmentally sustainable development. For example, in London a total of £2.6m has been awarded to 12 projects in London under Natural England’s Access to Nature programme.
The grant scheme, which is funded by £28m from the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme, seeks to help communities to enjoy and improve the green spaces on their doorstep. For example, programs include:
  • bushcraft sessions;
  • hedge laying.
  • Green woodworking and creating habitats.

It is for this reason, when reading about Biodiversity, I thought it relevant to my work; 
Especially as I am commenting on how our natural environment is gradually becoming more restricted. This being due to the demands of people, increased construction and the increased need for housing and transport links etc. However, as the information above states, much of Britain's wildlife is being effected with areas of countryside being transformed from beautiful to building site...

Once again, on a completely different note, I really like the Google logo today...Very American Diner I feel!


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