Research CommentariesEcology

Planning for Biodiversity

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Science  27 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5359, pp. 2068-2069
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5359.2068

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If we can only preserve some of the Earth's land, how do we decide which bits to save to achieve preservation of the most species? Two reports in this issue of Science ( Ando et al. and van Jaarsveld et al.) and a policy commentary on conservation biology by Soulé and Sanjayan address this question by presenting new computational methods. In their commentary, Pimm and Lawton discuss the use of these algorithms for making conservation choices.

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