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Protecting Biodiversity

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Abstract:At present, over 40% of the earth's land surface has been converted from its natural state to one dominated by human activities such as agriculture and development. The destruction and degradation of natural habitats has been clearly linked to the loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is a broad concept that encompasses the richness of biological organisms, functions, and systems. Protecting biodiversity is important for a number of different reasons. For example, protecting biodiversity safeguards important ecosystem services such as clean air and water. Other reasons include: preventing the loss of organisms that may have as yet undiscovered medicinal uses, aesthetic reasons, and the intrinsic value of biodiversity. Therefore, preserving biodiversity is often the primary goal of conservation planning.
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Citation:Smith, E. R. Protecting Biodiversity. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 2003.
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Characterization Branch (RTP)
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Product Type: Newsletter
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Published: 06/19/2003
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Bullet Item Regional Scale Comparative Risk Assessment
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