World Atlas of Biodiversity: Earth's Living Resources in the 21st Century

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University of California Press, 2002 - Nature - 340 pages
"This is an exciting piece of work--well-written, well-researched, and authoritative."--Simon A. Levin, Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Biodiversity

"The book amounts to a detailed report card on the status of the world's biodiversity resources at the beginning of the new millenium. It brings together, and integrates to substantial degrees, huge amounts of information that is widely scattered in both technical literature and in governmental and NGO reports."--Malcolm Gordon, co-author of Invasions of the Land: The Transitions of Organisms from Aquatic to Terrestrial Life

"It is an amazingly diverse collection of data on global biological diversity--very effectively analysed and displayed."--David J. Chivers, Wildlife Research Group, University of Cambridge

"An indispensable resource on information about Earth's biological variety and why its conservation is crucially important for human survival and well being. This volume should be in the hands of biologists, policymakers, educators, and the general public concerned with our global environment."--Joel Cracraft, Curator-in-Charge, Department of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History

"A thorough and up-to-the-minute account of the variety of life on Earth and how fast it is shrinking. One cannot plan strategically to prevent the loss of that variety without the information and maps that this excellent and timely book provides."--Stuart Pimm, Columbia University

 

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Contents

The diversity of organisms
13
Biodiversity through time
23
Table
30
2
42
13
50
19
56
species according to IUCN
57
18
62
status of threatened inland
188
responding to change
195
APPENDICES
225
Important food crops
244
Domestic livestock
271
Recent vertebrate extinctions
278
Biodiversity at country level
295
23
296

Terrestrial biodiversity
71
cover
81
discards
141
status of threatened marine
156
16
163
17
186
Important areas
306
28
317
INDEX
329
5
332
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Brian Groombridge is Senior Programme Officer, Forests, Drylands and Freshwater Programme of UNEP-WCMC. Martin D. Jenkins is Senior Advisor, Species Conservation at UNEP-WCMC.

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