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By: Gill Aitken
204 pages, Figs
The safeguarding or promotion of biodiversity, it is believed, is the means by which nature is best protected. This book examines and challenges these general conservation assumptions. While reinforcing the need to halt extinction and value biodiversity, it shows that biodiversity needs to be more clearly understood, perhaps being replaced by the notion of 'wildness'. It examines how biodiversity is a holistic term, and how individual species need to be assessed and their own contribution to 'wildness' has to be recognised. The book proposes a new way of conservation - one which makes more room for neglected, rather than endangered or rare species.
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