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Biotope

Biotope is an area providing habitat for a specific community of plants and animals. There are different types of biotopes in different environments such as mountains, oceans, grasslands, and sand beaches, each of which provides a unique living space for plants and animals. Many species of wildlife need multiple biotopes depending on its lifestyle or life stage. For example, tadpoles change their habitat from wetland to dry land as they turn into frogs. Sea turtles need sandy beaches for laying their eggs. Wild animals and plants are indicators of a healthy ecosystem. In order for them to survive, we need to protect and maintain all kinds of biotopes for their habitats.


Ecological Network

Protecting and restoring wildlife habitats or “biotopes” where many species of wildlife live is crucial to sustainable city management. One of the efficient methods to promote this is to build an ecological network. The first step is to create different sizes of biotopes as core areas at strategically selected locations. The next is to place buffer zones to surround the core areas of biotopes for protection, and then to connect the core areas with natural corridors so that wild animals can move from one core area to another. The ecological network is especially effective when shown on a map, as the visual information can help us make concrete plans to protect ecosystem substantially.

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