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Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities

by Norman Myers, Russell A Mittermeier, Cristina G Mittermeier, Gustavo A B Fonseca, Jennifer Kent
Nature ()


Conservationists are far from able to assist all species under threat, ifd 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 indentify '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 surface of the Earth. This opens the way for a 'silver bullet' strategy on the part of conservation planners, focusing on these hotspots in proportion to theis share of the world's species at risk.

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