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Systematic conservation planning

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The realization of conservation goals requires strategies for managing whole landscapes including areas
allocated to both production and protection. Reserves alone are not adequate for nature conservation but they
are the cornerstone on which regional strategies are built. Reserves have two main roles. They should sample
or represent the biodiversity of each region and they should separate this biodiversity from processes that
threaten its persistence. Existing reserve systems throughout the world contain a biased sample of
biodiversity, usually that of remote places and other areas that are unsuitable for commercial activities. A
more systematic approach to locating and designing reserves has been evolving and this approach will need
to be implemented if a large proportion of today’s biodiversity is to exist in a future of increasing numbers of
people and their demands on natural resources.

By: C. R. Margules & R. L. Pressey

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