17. Genetic Resources

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The NWT is home to a number of rare species and endemics -species that exist nowhere else in the world. Tracking the status of rare and endemic species in the NWT provides information on how well we are conserving endemic genetic resources that may be important for future use in medicine or agriculture or to human well-being in general. Arctic species (subspecies) have adaptations to harsh climates that are important to conserve of part of NWT’s contribution to the world’s biodiversity.

Indicators on genetic resources are related to the third aspect of biodiversity - ecosystems, species, genetic resources - and are tracked at national and international levels. Some indicators on genetic resources are not relevant to the NWT and have been omitted here. These indicators are mostly related to the Agro-industry (e.g. genetically modified organisms).