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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
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