Biodiversity: a new challenge



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Resource managers at many state and federal agencies are in the middle of a fundamental change in the practice and objectives of conservation. Traditional management has been directed toward maintaining, usually for harvest purposes, populations of individual species such as ducks, deer, or salmon. Increasingly, however, resource managers are recognizing the critical important of conserving biological diversity, or biodiversity.

In its simplest terms, biological diversity is the variety of life at all levels: it includes the array of plants and animals; the genetic differences among individuals; the communities, ecosystems, and landscapes in which they occur; and the variety of processes on which they depend. Conserving biological diversity poses dramatic new problems for comprehensive inventory and monitoring: what should be measured or monitored?

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Publication type Book chapter
Title Biodiversity: a new challenge
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Service
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Our Living Resources: A report to the nation on the distribution, abundance, and health of U.S. plants, animals, and ecosystems
First page 6
Last page 7
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N