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Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, with help from numerous national and international conservation groups, this information-packed reference begins with an overview of biodiversity, measuring genetic diversity, systematics and the definition of species, and how species are inventoried. Hundreds of tables, graphs, and maps, with descriptive text, provide an incomparable source of data, making this a must for any library supporting conservation, ecology, or environmental programs or studies.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
`...full of fascinating facts and often answers questions that one could not formulate and certainly would not know where to look for an answer.'
Botanic Gardens Conservation News
`By far the best in terms of information and documentation...It is a splendid compendium on biodiversity from the standpoint of systematics, genetic diversity, species-rich areas, habitat classification, resource economics, international conservation and a host of other topics. The encylopedic format is packed with data, making this a collation that is way ahead of anything else in the field so far.'
` ...this masterful production...it would be difficult to exaggerate the utility of this outstanding volume...The volume is extremely well illustrated with figures, graphs maps and tables...admirably organised...will be of great value to many individuals and organisations working in scientific, sociological and economic aspects of global biodiversity.'
Journal of Ethnobiology
`The WCMC is to be congratualted on the scope and ambition of the publication. It covers and immense amount of ground...The real value of this work will be as a tool in environmental management...a considerable achievement...an immensely valuable reference document.'
`... a tour de force by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre... Biological Conservation
`The tables, figures, and maps in the book are the best single source of information on the biological and legal status of the world's biological diversity...The book definitely belongs in every science library.'
`...Global Biodiversity is a comprehensive reference work that will undoubtedly be widely used. It should be on the shelf of reference libraries everywhere.'
`This book admirably succeeds in its objectives: it is a unique source of data and analyses that manages to avoid a sentimental approach to an emotive subject...indespensible...'
`...the first systematic report on the status, distribution, management, and utilisation of the planet's biological wealth.'
Ethology, Ecology and Evolution
`The staff of the world World Conservation Centre is to be congratulated for producing what is in effect a definitive...encyclopedia of the world's living resources.'