Ecosystems are communities of plants and animals and the non living things of their environment (such as air, water and soil) interacting as a system.  The diversity of ecosystems - the unique combinations of plants, animals and their physical environment – defines the beauty and richness of the natural world. Maintaining this natural diversity is key to preventing species extinctions and is a critical aspect of maintaining natural resilience into the future. The CVRD contains a range of rare, sensitive and keystone ecosystems that have very high ecological and social values
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