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Conservation Targets in South American Temperate Forests

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Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1271-1272
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1271

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An important near-term goal of the international conservation agenda is to double the average percentage of land area currently protected in each nation to 10%. The effectiveness of this initiative is evaluated in endemic-rich temperate forests of southern Chile, where 29% of the regional land is under protection. Here biodiversity continues to be at risk because the areas of highest biodiversity remain largely unprotected and are immersed in a heavily managed anthropogenic matrix.