Friday, 11 April 2008
A study aimed at preventing the continued destruction of wildlife in Madagascar is being heralded as a scientific triumph that could act as a blueprint to save many other species from mass extinction.
The gist of it is that protecting the world's great biodiversity hot spots may now include comprehensive techniques which include action plans for the ecosystem rather than a handful of popular species (as has been the modus operandi in many situations). More than 2,000 different species were surveyed for the project and all that information fed into a computer model which alerted the conservationists to where their resources would have the greatest consequence. And it worked!
How cool is that?