Biodiversity Hotspots and Major Tropical Wilderness Areas: Approaches to Setting Conservation Priorities

  title={Biodiversity Hotspots and Major Tropical Wilderness Areas: Approaches to Setting Conservation Priorities},
  author={Russell A. Mittermeier and Norman Myers and Jorgen B. Thomsen and Gustavo Fonseca and Silvio Olivieri},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
The accelerating and potentially catastrophic loss of biotic diversity is unlike other environmental threats because it is irreversible. Given the rapid loss of biodiversity and limited resources available to address environmental issues, we must set priorities for our efforts to conserve biological resources. Because biodiversity is by no means evenly distributed, some areas are far richer than others in overall diversity and endemism. Furthermore, many of the richest areas also happen to be… Expand

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