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Identification of Key Species for Conservation and Socio-Economic Development

Proceedings of a Workshop

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The worldwide conservation effort has often been focused on a few key species which have a core function either ecologically or socioeconomically. These species, scientists believe are important for the long term survival of Homo Sapiens. To develop the concept of key species a technical workshop was held in Trinidad and Tobago. The objective was to equate diverse views on what are key species and how to identify and conserve them in the context of current socioeconomic development. The first part of this book gives a complete report of the proceedings of the workshop. The second part contains the results of the first attempts by five member countries of the Commonwealth to identify key species in their respective countries based on the concepts given in the first part.

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The Trinidad Report: Identification of Key Species for Conservation and Socio-Economic Development

As emphasised in the World Conservation Strategy (Anon. 1980), the preservation of biological diversity is of paramount importance to the future welfare of mankind. As such, it requires urgent and co-ordinated action from both developing and developed countries. In the face of spreading environmental degradation and increasing species loss, one urgent priority is for us to identify, for immediate protection, monitoring, and potential application, those species (hereafter called ‘key species’) that are most critical.

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