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Conserving biosystematics

Conserving biosystematics Most of the central problems of ecology can be solved only by reference to details of organic diversity. (E.O. Wilson, 1971 ) Biological diversity can be considered at different levels of organization, from diversity within species, to between species and ecosystems (Glowka et al ., 1994 ). In its various guises biodiversity has certainly received its share of attention in recent decades, though with most of the focus on diversity at the species level. We have seen a succession of major programmes, from international to national level, compiling species' inventories, and assessing the species richness of major habitat types and regions. 2010 is something of a milestone in that regard as the United Nations declared it to be the International Year of Biodiversity, to raise public awareness of conserving biodiversity and of the threats to biodiversity, and to promote ways of combating those threats. 2010 also marks the culmination of the ten‐year Census of Marine Life, which has, among other aims, ‘to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life’ and to produce an online database that is a comprehensive global list of all forms of life in the sea. It is also the goal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN
1052-7613
eISSN
1099-0755
DOI
10.1002/aqc.1145
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Abstract

Most of the central problems of ecology can be solved only by reference to details of organic diversity. (E.O. Wilson, 1971 ) Biological diversity can be considered at different levels of organization, from diversity within species, to between species and ecosystems (Glowka et al ., 1994 ). In its various guises biodiversity has certainly received its share of attention in recent decades, though with most of the focus on diversity at the species level. We have seen a succession of major programmes, from international to national level, compiling species' inventories, and assessing the species richness of major habitat types and regions. 2010 is something of a milestone in that regard as the United Nations declared it to be the International Year of Biodiversity, to raise public awareness of conserving biodiversity and of the threats to biodiversity, and to promote ways of combating those threats. 2010 also marks the culmination of the ten‐year Census of Marine Life, which has, among other aims, ‘to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life’ and to produce an online database that is a comprehensive global list of all forms of life in the sea. It is also the goal

Journal

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater EcosystemsWiley

Published: Nov 1, 2010

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