Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities

  title={Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities},
  author={Norman Myers and Russell A. Mittermeier and Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier and Gustavo Fonseca and Jennifer M. Kent},
Conservationists are far from able to assist all species under threat, if only for lack of funding. This places a premium on priorities: how can we support the most species at the least cost? One way is to identify ‘biodiversity hotspots’ where exceptional concentrations of endemic species are undergoing exceptional loss of habitat. As many as 44% of all species of vascular plants and 35% of all species in four vertebrate groups are confined to 25 hotspots comprising only 1.4% of the land… 
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