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Hotspots: Earth’s biologically richest and most endangered terrestrial ecoregions

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Only 1.4% of the Earth’s land surface is home to 60% of species. In this large book, 25 of these terrestrial ‘hotspots’ are analysed by more than 100 specialists. 358 first-class photographs serve to highlight the significance of conservation of these threatened areas. The text deals with the concepts of endemism, biodiversity and hotspots- a term pioneered by ecologist Norman Myers.

The hotspots themselves include 16 of Myers’ original 18 but also feature the Mediterranean Basin, New Zealand and Mesoamerica. It follows with the idea that these special places are critical to maintain life on Earth and therefore recommends a ‘zero further deforestation’ approach.

In over 50 tables, hotspots are ranked by species diversity and species endemism. For conservation educators, this book also gives comprehensive coverage of the places that are often referred to yet may not be fully understood such as Madagascar and the Atlantic Forest of South America. Each hotspot chapter details flagship species, threats to species, current conservation activities and future conservation needs.

Hotspots: Earth’s biologically richest and most endangered terrestrial ecoregions (1999). Mittermeier, R.A., Myers, N., Robles Gill, P., Mittermeier, C.G. Conservation International. ISBN 9686397582.