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Biodiversity Information: Needs and Options

Edited By: DL Hawksworth, PM Kirk and S Dextre Clarke

194 pages, Figs, tabs

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Jul 1997 | #64492 | ISBN: 0851991831
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This key reference reviews the needs and opportunities for information and efficient information flows in support of world priorities in biodiversity. Based on papers from a July 1996 workshop in London organised by CABI, with support from the IUBS, IUCN and UNEP. Leading members in organizations concerned with conserving and managing biodiversity, based in Europe and the USA, as well as developing countries, form an impressive contributor list.
Contents: Part 1: Defining and Meeting needs for Information; Part 2: Collecting and Managing the Information; Part 3: Distributing the Information; Part 4: Overall Conclusions.

"Biodiversity is one of the ecological buzzwords of this decade, although it is often poorly defined or implemented, and is largely redundant with the old ecological concept of diversity. This book effectively points out that biodiversity information is not merely a listing of species, and that the lack of easy access to information severely hinders a wide variety of biological research and informed policy decision-making. The goal of this book is to enable readers to manage biodiversity information more effectively in order to achieve biodiversity policy goals. It contains twelve articles grouped into three topics: defining information needs, managing information acquisition, and effectively conveying the results to its consumers. Unlike many symposium publications, the articles in this book work as a coherent whole, leading to a final report that nicely sums up the needs for information management."--The Quarterly Review of Biology


Part 1 Defining and meeting needs for information: information needs in biodiversity assessments - from genes to ecosystems; assessing information needs for sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity; defining and meeting needs for information - agriculture and forestry perspective; biodiversity information needs - a pharmaceutical perspective. Part 2 Collecting and managing the information: social and institutional dimension of data collection; information needs of inventory programmes; wider use and application of indigenous knowledge, innovation and practices - information systems and ethical concerns; management of information to support conservation decision making; overview of the UNEP/GEF Biodiversity Data Management project. Part 3 Distributing the information: designing information systems to support biodiversity conservation; networks for distributing information; biodiversity - the role of information technology in distributing information. Part 4 Overall conclusions: recommendations of the International Workshop on Biodiversity Information.

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