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Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth's Living Resources

By: World Conservation Monitoring Centre

614 pages, Tables, maps, figures

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1992 | #15506 | ISBN: 0412472406
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Compiled by the IUCN
This is the most comprehensive compendium of global biodiversity statistics ever produced. With information gathered from numerous national and international agencies, published literature and unpublished sources, this report documents the status, threat, management and utilisation of global biological resources. The information is presented in tables, maps and graphics for 208 countries. Coverage includes diversity at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels; trends and rates of change; in situ and ex situ management, benefits and values of biodiversity; gap analysis for data priorities; and data requirements for monitoring.

...full of fascinating facts and often answers questions that one could not formulate and certainly would not know where to look for an answer.' Botanic Gardens Conservation News By far the best in terms of information and documentation...It is a splendid compendium on biodiversity from the standpoint of systematics, genetic diversity, species-rich areas, habitat classification, resource economics, international conservation and a host of other topics. The encylopedic format is packed with data, making this a collation that is way ahead of anything else in the field so far.' Nature ...this masterful would be difficult to exaggerate the utility of this outstanding volume...The volume is extremely well illustrated with figures, graphs maps and tables...admirably organised...will be of great value to many individuals and organisations working in scientific, sociological and economic aspects of global biodiversity.' Journal of Ethnobiology The WCMC is to be congratualted on the scope and ambition of the publication. It covers and immense amount of ground...The real value of this work will be as a tool in environmental management...a considerable immensely valuable reference document.' ECOS ... a tour de force by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre... Biological Conservation The tables, figures, and maps in the book are the best single source of information on the biological and legal status of the world's biological diversity...The book definitely belongs in every science library.' Ecology ...Global Biodiversity is a comprehensive reference work that will undoubtedly be widely used. It should be on the shelf of reference libraries everywhere.'Biodiversity letters This book admirably succeeds in its objectives: it is a unique source of data and analyses that manages to avoid a sentimental approach to an emotive subject...indespensible...' Experimental Agriculture ...the first systematic report on the status, distribution, management, and utilisation of the planet's biological wealth.' Ethology, Ecology and Evolution The staff of the world World Conservation Centre is to be congratulated for producing what is in effect a definitive...encyclopedia of the world's living resources.' Environmental Management


Part 1 Biological diversity: Systematics and diversity - genetic diversity, systematics and diversity, species concepts, species inventory; Species diversity - an introduction, microorganisms, lower plant diversity, higher plant diversity, nematodes, deep-sea invertebrates, soil macrofauna, fishes, higher vertebrates, island species, centres of species diversity; Special loss - species extinction, threatened species; habitats and ecosystems - global habitat classification, biodiversity and global climate change, tropical moist forests, grasslands, wetlands, coral reefs, mangroves. Part 2 Uses and values of biodiversity: Uses of biological resources - plant use, animal use, valuing biodiversity, biodiversity and economics. Part 3 Conservation and management of biodiversity: National policies and instruments - national legislation, protected area; International policies and instruments - multilateral treaties, international policy and legal assistance, international aid, management of international resources; Biodiversity convention - current practices in conservation, the convention on biological diversity.

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