The national biodiversity strategy and action plans of 15 Asian countries are reviewed in this book, produced as part of an ICEM project with IUCN. The natural systems of South and South East Asia are in accelerating decline. Evidence from the 15 countries of the region covered in this book shows that all forms of biodiversity — ecosystems, species and genetic resources — are being lost at unprecedented rates. Rates of degradation in land, fresh water and marine habitats are a reflection of species loss. Asia will lose more than half of its remaining land and water habitats over the next century (a third over the next few decades), leading to impoverished and unstable natural, social and economic systems. The book raises awareness of biodiversity status and the policy options for biodiversity management.
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Citation: Jeremy Carew-Reid, Editor. (2002). Biodiversity Planning in Asia. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. 594 + vi pp. ISBN 2-8317-0643-2