Strategies of Reserve Selection

M. Cabeza, A.J.A. van Teeffelen

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Existing protected areas contain only a biased sample of the Earth's biodiversity. This is because conservation has to compete with other land-uses. Limitations in space and budget highlight the importance of effective and efficient conservation strategies. In this context, questions like what elements of biodiversity should we focus on, and where to protect them, are difficult to answer. The field of spatial conservation planning has evolved to address these questions, with attention to cost-efficiency, representativeness, adequacy, flexibility, threat and vulnerability. It encourages politicians and conservation planners to set quantitative conservation goals, and offers tools to prioritize among large sets of species, ecosystem types and areas. The implementation of this approach is becoming essential in order to halt the loss of biodiversity in a world of increasing human population and increasing demand for natural resources
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Life Sciences
EditorsR. Jansson
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons

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