Biotic Diversity in Southern Africa: Concepts and Conservation

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Brian J. Huntley
Oxford University Press, 1989 - Biodiversity - 380 pages
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This volume provides full coverage of efforts by southern African scientists and administrators to maintain that regions rich variety of plants, animals, microorganisms, and ecosystems, as well as related endeavors by such major organizations as the World Bank, the Brundtland Commission, the World Health Organization, and the FAO. This extensive text includes easily accessible information on the status of biota and ecosystems, the value of biotic diversity to southern African people, and a variety of approaches to the evaluation, protection, and monitoring of plant and animal life in the region.

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Contents

Describing and conserving biotic diversity W J Bond
2
Patterns of plant species diversity in southern Africa
19
Mans role in changing the face of southern Africa I A W Macdonald
51
Human dependence on biotic diversity
79
balancing human needs and resources
93
D Dr Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science Rhodes University P O Box
94
The contribution of veld diversity to the agricultural economy N M Tainton
107
Molecular mechanisms of diversity and horizontal genetics
121
Conservation status of terrestrial ecosystems and their biota
185
Conservation status of the fynbos and karoo biomes
202
Conservation status of coastal and montane evergreen forest C J Geldenhuys
224
The conservation status of South Africas continental and oceanic islands
239
Conservation status of southern African wetlands C VI Breen G VV Begg
254
Conservation status of river coastal and marine ecosystems
265
The conservation status of southern African estuaries A E F Heydorn
290
Conserving biotic diversity on southern Africas coastline
298

The role of Red Data Books in conserving biodiversity A A Ferrar
136
Rare plant surveys and atlases A V Hall
148
Atlassing as a tool in conservation with special reference to
157
Assessment of animal diversity using molecular methods W S Grant
170
The conservation status of the pelagic ecosystems of southern Africa
310
Policies to protect biotic diversity
329
Index
347
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About the author (1989)

B. J. Huntley is a Manager, Ecosystem Programmes at Foundation for Research Development, Pretoria.

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