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More than 80 percent of the world’s major armed conflicts during the last half century have taken place in some of the most biologically diverse and threatened places on Earth, according to a study published by the scientific journal Conservation Biology.
The new paper entitled “Warfare in Biodiversity Hotspots” calls for conservation activities to remain strong during conflicts to ensure that local people will have the natural resources they need to survive and rebuild healthy communities post war. Read more >>>
An urgent call to protect nature in the midst of violence and loss of human life may seem naïve or misguided. But if you consider where most major armed conflicts take place, wartime conservation is one of the best hopes for wartime recovery.
When scientists undertake fieldwork, they may have to worry about unpredictable weather events and treacherous terrain. But they may also encounter political conflict. Read some first-person accounts about working in conflict zones.
View a larger version of the map that appears in the article in Conservation Biology showing the overlap of biodiversity hotspots and conflicts.
Read the scientific abstract from the "Warfare in Biodiversity Hotspots" article.