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and Cross-cutting Networks.
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related to various aspects of the DIVERSITAS Science Programme.
DIVERSITAS Annual Report 2005
The 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
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by Charles Perrings et al.
Editorial in Conservation Biology Volume 20, No. 2, 263–264, April 2006
agroBIODIVERSITY Science Plan (2005)
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
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
by Jon Paul Rodriguez, Tatjana Good and Rodolfo
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 worldâ€™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
Earthâ€™s 25 regions richest in endemism,
all of which are among the most threatened.
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