Biodiversity Monitoring: The Missing Ingredient
Trends in Ecology and Evolution (1997)
  • Kamaljit S Bawa
  • Shaily Menon
Article
Abstract
With mounting losses in biological diversity, inventorying and monitoring of biodiversity to assess the magnitude and rate of losses are emerging as dominant themes in conservation biology. Inventorying has been defined as the surveying, sorting, cataloging, quantifying and mapping of entities ranging from genes to landscapes1 and monitoring has been defined as the surveillance of the compliance with or deviation from a predetermined standard2. Renner and Ricklefs3 argued that rushed inventories will compromise scientific rigor and have little influence on decision making. More recently, Stork et al.4 argued that losses in biological diversity are so severe that inventorying and monitoring must be accorded a high priority and can have a major impact on policy-making and public opinion.
Keywords
  • biodiversity,
  • monitoring
Publication Date
January, 1997
Citation Information
Kamaljit S Bawa and Shaily Menon. "Biodiversity Monitoring: The Missing Ingredient" Trends in Ecology and Evolution Vol. 12 Iss. 1 (1997)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shaily_menon/5/