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The future of hyperdiverse tropical ecosystems

Barlow, J and França, F and Gardner, TA and Hicks, CC and Lennox, GD and Berenguer, E and Castello, L and Economo, EP and Ferreira, J and Guénard, B and Gontijo Leal, C and Isaac, V and Lees, Alexander and Parr, CL and Wilson, SK and Young, PJ and Graham, NAJ (2018) The future of hyperdiverse tropical ecosystems. Nature, 559. p. 517. ISSN 0028-0836

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Abstract

The tropics contain the overwhelming majority of Earth’s biodiversity: their terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems hold more than three-quarters of all species, including almost all shallow-water corals and over 90% of terrestrial birds. However, tropical ecosystems are also subject to pervasive and interacting stressors, such as deforestation, overfishing and climate change, and they are set within a socio-economic context that includes growing pressure from an increasingly globalized world, larger and more affluent tropical populations, and weak governance and response capacities. Concerted local, national and international actions are urgently required to prevent a collapse of tropical biodiversity.

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