An Ecoregion-Based Approach to Protecting Half the Terrestrial Realm

@article{Dinerstein2017AnEA,
  title={An Ecoregion-Based Approach to Protecting Half the Terrestrial Realm},
  author={E. Dinerstein and David P. Olson and A. Joshi and C. Vynne and N. Burgess and E. Wikramanayake and N. Hahn and Suzanne Palminteri and Prashant Hedao and R. Noss and M. Hansen and H. Locke and Erle C. Ellis and B. Jones and C. V. Barber and Randy Hayes and C. Kormos and V. Martin and Eileen Crist and W. Sechrest and Lori Price and J. Baillie and D. Weeden and Kieran F. Suckling and C. Davis and N. Sizer and Rebecca Moore and D. Thau and T. Birch and P. Potapov and S. Turubanova and A. Tyukavina and Nadia de Souza and L. Pintea and J. C. Brito and O. Llewellyn and A. G. Miller and A. Patzelt and S. Ghazanfar and J. Timberlake and H. Kl{\"o}ser and Yara Shennan-Farp{\'o}n and R. Kindt and J. P. Lilles{\o} and P. van Breugel and L. Graudal and M. Voge and K. F. Al-Shammari and M. Saleem},
  journal={Bioscience},
  year={2017},
  volume={67},
  pages={534 - 545}
}
Abstract We assess progress toward the protection of 50% of the terrestrial biosphere to address the species-extinction crisis and conserve a global ecological heritage for future generations. Using a map of Earth's 846 terrestrial ecoregions, we show that 98 ecoregions (12%) exceed Half Protected; 313 ecoregions (37%) fall short of Half Protected but have sufficient unaltered habitat remaining to reach the target; and 207 ecoregions (24%) are in peril, where an average of only 4% of natural… Expand
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