Ecologists Hope to Avoid the Mistakes of Previous Assessment

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Science  08 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5485, pp. 1677
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5485.1677

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For ecologists, an attempt to assess the world's ecosystems (see main text) has a familiar ring to it. A few years ago, many of the same scientists poured their energy into the Global Biodiversity Assessment. But that exercise sank without a trace after participants failed to find a receptive audience.