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The Eastern Arc Mountains of East Africa are one of the 17 most threatened tropical ecosystems or hotspots worldwide. This book examines the current threats as well as approaches for conserving biological diversity in this global biodiversity hotspot. It synthesizes existing information on the biodiversity of the Eastern Arc Mountains, outlines processes that adversely affect this diversity, and suggests approaches for promoting its conservation.
As well as detailed information on the region, the book also contains well-summarized reviews of the underlying ecology - definitions of the types of biodiversity, species-area relationships, characteristics of extinction-prone species - which are useful in their own right. Newmark is to be commended for his realistic approach to conserving biodiversity. (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society) "Newmark's book is a mine of useful information and reviews a wide range of ecological literature over a broad taxonomic spectrum. ... a valuable resource to people actively engaged in the management of the forests." (Mountain Research and Development)
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