PerspectiveEcology

What makes a terrestrial ecosystem resilient?

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Science  02 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6379, pp. 988-989
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar5439

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Summary

With increasing incidence of extreme climatic events, disease outbreaks, and other environmental perturbations, conservation of terrestrial ecosystems that can retain their structure and function despite environmental shocks has moved rapidly up the international political agenda. International environmental policies and targets such as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals include conserving resilient ecosystems as a key priority.