Los Angeles is in a biodiversity hotspot.

The region is home to rich biological diversity, but it’s also experiencing significant pressure.

What’s in the Biodiversity Atlas?

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity describes the variety of life in a given region. It can refer to diversity of ecosystems, genetic diversity within a species, or, in the most common sense of the word, diversity of species.

What is a biodiversity hotspot?

Biodiversity hotspots are regions with high levels of biodiversity that are also severely threatened. Habitat loss (e.g. due to urban development) and climate change are among the chief threats to native species and their ecosystems.

What is the Biodiversity Atlas?

This project examines the current state of biodiversity in Los Angeles, California, in the hopes of contributing to regional sustainability efforts and the preservation of the region’s biodiversity. See an overview of the Biodiversity Atlas here.