When the subject of biological diversity research is being debated it is difficult for participants to agree on common meanings, aims, and objectives. Virtually every researcher has his or her own vision of the Biodiversity issue. Genes, species, habitats, ecosystems, landscapes provide different principles, concepts and definitions according to each researcher's background. Furthermore, if we want to focus the debate on the impact of biodiversity research on policies the scenario becomes yet more complex and there are even fewer common parameters, thus giving way more to intellectual chaos than synergy.
The word "science" in relation to biological diversity does not refer only to work conducted inside universities and other research centres. It also includes the body of knowledge produced by local/indigenous people and the acquired expertise of professionals.