Articles Toward a Blueprint for Conservation in Africa THOMAS BROOKS, ANDREW BALMFORD, NEIL BURGESS, JON FJELDSÅ, LOUIS A. HANSEN, JOSLIN MOORE, CARSTEN RAHBEK, AND PAUL WILLIAMS n the last two decades, various quantitative A NEW DATABASE ON THE DISTRIBUTION Itechniques for assessing conservation priorities have been developed, based on data about the distribution of species OF VERTEBRATE SPECIES IN A TROPICAL (Reid 1998, Williams 1998, Margules and Pressey 2000). These methods have been applied extensively in temperate re- CONTINENT ALLOWS NEW INSIGHTS INTO gions such as North America at both the state (Csuti et al. 1997) and national (Dobson et al. 1997) levels. However, bi- PRIORITIES FOR CONSERVATION ACROSS ological diversity is concentrated in the tropics, and it is here AFRICA that conservation faces the most pressing threats (Raven 1988). Furthermore, fine resolution data are often so scarce and local land-use patterns so diverse as to limit our ability This article begins a series planned to extend these analy- to apply quantitative prioritization techniques at fine scales ses across four major terrestrial taxa, for an entire tropical con- (Pimm and Lawton 1998). Hence, such techniques may be par- tinent. For each taxon we first present an overview of patterns
BioScience – Oxford University Press
Published: Aug 1, 2001
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