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Kohout, Manuel, 2013. Evaluating the biodiversity hotspots approach as a tool for global conservation planning. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Ecology

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Abstract

Given the alarming loss of biodiversity and considering that the location and threats to this biodiversity are distributed unevenly across the globe, a systematic strategy of international conservation planning must complement national conservation actions by directing inadequate flexible funding to places where the greatest biological distinctiveness coincides with the greatest
threat, thus safeguarding the protection of the most species for the money invested. One such approach is Conservation Internationalʼs Biodiversity Hotspots, regions where extraordinary biological diversity coincides with exceptional threat. Drawing from discussions in the scientific literature, conservation planning theory and ecological theory, this study is an attempt to evaluate the hotspots approach as a tool for global conservation planning. Based on an assessment of the strategyʼs objectives and methods, its congruence with other approaches and the theoretical, financial and practical impact it has had so far, the biodiversity hotspots are
found to be of great utility in identifying and targeting global conservation priorities until more sufficient data regarding species knowledge and threat make the use of surrogates such as endemism or habitat loss futile.

Main title:Evaluating the biodiversity hotspots approach as a tool for global conservation planning
Authors:Kohout, Manuel
Supervisor:Gustafsson, Lena
Examiner:Thor, Göran
Series:Självständigt arbete/Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekologi
Volume/Sequential designation:2013:4
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:NK001 Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor's Programme 180 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Keywords:biodiversity hotspots , conservation prioritization, conservation planning
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2137
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2137
Subjects:Plant ecology
Language:English
Deposited On:08 Apr 2013 09:28
Metadata Last Modified:08 Apr 2013 09:28

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