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Global Biodiversity is the most comprehensive compendium of conservation information ever published. It provides the first systematic report on the status, distribution, management, and utilisation of the planet's biological wealth.
Biological diversity. Genetic diversity. Systematics and diversity. Species concepts. Species inventory. Species diversity. Species diversity: an introduction. Microorganisms. Lower plant diversity. Higher plant diversity. Nematodes. Deep sea invertebrates. Soil macrofauna. Fishes. Higher vertebrates. Island species. Centres of species diversity. Species extinction. Threatened species. Global habitat classification. Biodiversity and global climate change. Tropical moist forests. Grasslands. Wetlands. Coral reefs. Mangroves. Uses and values of biodiversity. Plant use. Animal use. Biodiversity and economics. Conservation and management of biodiversity. National legislation. Protected areas. Multilateral treaties. International policy and legal assistance. International aid. Management of international resources. Current practices in conservation. The convention on biological diversity. Glossary.