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      Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities.

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          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 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 their share of the world's species at risk.

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          Journal
          Nature
          Nature
          Springer Science and Business Media LLC
          0028-0836
          0028-0836
          Feb 24 2000
          : 403
          : 6772
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Green College, Oxford University, Headington, UK. myers1n@aol.com
          Article
          10.1038/35002501
          10706275
          ffe87790-b280-4a9b-9474-a387c332c103
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