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Ecosystem Services and Conservation Policy

The ecological impacts of environmental change have real implications for people (e.g., through ecosystem services, such as air and water purification, natural resource production, and other benefits to humanity) and so demand management and policy responses.

Ecosystem-based management is supported by research at the Biodiversity Centre that integrates community ecology, environmental change, policy studies, and social-ecological interactions. Conservation policies protecting our flora and fauna are also supported by research into such topics such as the value of indicator species, identification of critical habitat, and assessments of extinction risk and management plans, as they relate to the Species at Risk Act of Canada.