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This area provides on-line access to publications produced by DIVERSITAS, as well as its Core Projects and Cross-cutting Networks. As a partner in the Earth System Science Partnership, DIVERSITAS also offers online access to relevant material developed by ESSP Joint Projects.

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DIVERSITAS Annual Report 2005

DIVERSITAS BrochureThe first part of the report summarises the outcomes of the First DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference. It also highlights the involvement of DIVERSITAS in the conference «Biodiversity: Science and Governance» and in the Consultation of an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB). The following chapters are dedicated to the achievements of the DIVERSITAS Core Projects and Cross-cutting Networks, the ESSP Joint Projects and the DIVERSITAS National Committees.


freshwaterBIODIVERSITY Science Plan (2006)


The Science Plan and Implementation Strategy of the DIVERSITAS cross-cutting theme freshwaterBIODIVERSITY: Challenges for freshwater biodiversity research

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Freshwater biodiversity: importance, threats, status and conservation challenges
by David Dudgeon et al.
Biological Review (2006), 81, pp. 163-182

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Issue 3/2006 of the DIVERSITAS newsletter is out. The DIVERSITAS newsletter
is meant as a way to inform the community on all aspects of DIVERSITAS. It
will be published only electronically every 3 months. Deadline for the
reception of the material for the next issue is 30 November 2006.

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Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes: Saving Natural Capital without losing Interest

by Charles Perrings et al.
Editorial in Conservation Biology Volume 20, No. 2, 263–264, April 2006

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agroBIODIVERSITY Science Plan (2005)

The Science Plan and Implementation Strategy of the DIVERSITAS cross cutting theme agroBIODIVERSITY: A new science agenda for biodiversity in support of sustainable agroecosystems

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Land Use Change and Mountain Biodiversity

by Eva Spehn, Maximo Liberman, Christian Körner (eds.), 2005

This book contains research presented at two Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment workshops held in Moshi, Tanzania and La Paz, Bolivia. It includes an overview chapter on high elevation land use, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning. A synthesis was prepared on impacts on highland biodiversity, with a focus on fire and grazing. Examples from the tropical Andes and Africa, the European Alps, and the Himalayas reveal valuable data and references.

Land use change is the most important of all global change impacts on mountain biodiversity, and has the greatest impact on its ecosystem integrity and biological richness. Land Use Change and Mountain Biodiversity focuses on the interplay between disturbances in mountains, primarily anthropogenic in origin, and the mountain biota that determine responses to this disturbance. At the core of this issue is how species and landscape diversity buffers the anthropogenic impacts. Many of the themes also have ecological applications beyond mountain regions.



DIVERSITAS and the challenge of Latin American Biodiversity Conservation

by Jon Paul Rodriguez, Tatjana Good and Rodolfo Dirzo

It is well-known that out of the 17 mega-diverse countries, six are located in the Neotropics. Individually, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela have more plant, vertebrate and invertebrate species than the majority of nations on the planet. Equally, nine out of ten of the world’s eco-regions richest in plants are in Central and South America. However, many of the species present in the region are negatively threatened by human activities, particularly by the conversion of ecosystems: 20% of mammals, 12 % of birds and 41 % of amphibians endemic to the Neotropics have been classified as endangered species. Latin America is also home to seven of the Earth’s 25 regions richest in endemism, all of which are among the most threatened.

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Last updated : 24 August 2006

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