Biodiversity hotspots: hot for what?

Biodiversity hotspots: hot for what? In complex areas of international policy, such as biodiversity conservation, there is a risk that well‐promoted strategies will be received by decision makers as a cure‐all. The U.S.‐based Conservation International is promoting biodiversity hotspots as a ‘silver bullet’ strategy for conserving most species for least cost. We assess the degree to which this goal is compatible with four social values that characterize the conservation movement. We find that biodiversity hotspots provide only a partial response because conservation does not treat all species as equal. We argue that explicit recognition of such values is fundamental to a structured debate contributing to the development of a common strategy for biodiversity conservation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Ecology and Biogeography Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1466-822X
eISSN
1466-8238
DOI
10.1046/j.1466-822X.2001.00255.x
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Abstract

In complex areas of international policy, such as biodiversity conservation, there is a risk that well‐promoted strategies will be received by decision makers as a cure‐all. The U.S.‐based Conservation International is promoting biodiversity hotspots as a ‘silver bullet’ strategy for conserving most species for least cost. We assess the degree to which this goal is compatible with four social values that characterize the conservation movement. We find that biodiversity hotspots provide only a partial response because conservation does not treat all species as equal. We argue that explicit recognition of such values is fundamental to a structured debate contributing to the development of a common strategy for biodiversity conservation.

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Global Ecology and BiogeographyWiley

Published: May 1, 2001

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