publication . Other literature type . 2002

Conservation of biodiversity in mountain ecosystems -- At a glance

MacKinnon, K.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2002
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C.: The World Bank
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Metadata only record Mountains are especially important for biodiversity conservation since many harbor unique assemblages of plants and animals, including high levels of endemic species. Mountain biodiversity and natural habitats bestow multiple ecosystem, soil conservation, and watershed benefits. Mountains are often centers of endemism, where species are prevalent in or peculiar to a particular region, and Pleistocene refuges, which are hypothesized to have high levels of diversity where patches of tropical rainforest persisted during periods of climate change 1.6 million years ago. Mountains are also a source for repopulating more low-lying habitats. Mountai...
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Medical Subject Headings: human activities
free text keywords: Environmental services, Biodiversity conservation, Mountain ecosystems, Mountains, Ecosystem services, Ecosystem
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