Forgotten biodiversity in desert ecosystems.

  title={Forgotten biodiversity in desert ecosystems.},
  author={Sarah M Durant and Nathalie Pettorelli and Safdar Bashir and Rosie Woodroffe and Tim Wacher and Phelipe Guimar{\~a}es de Ornellas and Chase Ransom and Teresa Ab{\'a}igar and Mohanad Abdelgadir and H El Alqamy and Mohammed Beddiaf and Farid Belbachir and Amel Belbachir-Bazi and Ali Berbash and Roseline C. Beudels-Jamar and L. Boitani and Christine Breitenmoser and Manuela Cano and Philippe Chardonnet and Ben Collen and William A. Cornforth and François Cuzin and Peter Gerngross and B Haddane and M Hadjeloum and Andrew Jacobson and Ahlem Jebali and François Lamarque and David J. P. Mallon and Karen Minkowski and Silvia Monfort and B Ndoassal and Jason Newby and B E Ngakoutou and B Niagate and Gianetta Purchase and S Sama{\"i}la and Abdoulkarim Samna and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri and Alaaeldin Soultan and Mark R Stanley Price and Jonathan E. M. Baillie},
  volume={336 6087},
AS THE WORLD’S GOVERNMENTS CONGREGATE FOR THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON Sustainable Development (Rio+20), we call on them to address one of the greatest oversights in conservation in recent years: the neglect of desert ecosystems. Deserts cover 17% of the world’s land mass and harbor surprisingly high biodiversity (1), including some of the most endangered species in the world (2). They are also home to 6% of the world’s population (3), including some of the poorest and most marginalized… CONTINUE READING
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