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The main purpose of a BAP is to strengthen biodiversity, but a BAP can also aim to optimize the benefits biodiversity provides.  It is often a combination of the two.  An ecosystem frequently supplies a number of different services and can therefore provide a solution for different societal issues.  Utilizing a given service, however, does occur at the expense of the others.

Seizing opportunities

Using a BAP, you can work on a particular benefit of biodiversity.  For example, perhaps you are interested in using biodiversity to help regulate the temperature in the city.  Together with others, you could determine what services you would ideally like an area to provide in the future.  See opportunities for examples of solutions that a biodiversity action plan can offer to issues facing society.  

Getting started

Look at the step-by-step plan to actively get started utilizing the services that biodiversity and ecosystems provide.