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Cultural and linguistic diversities are underappreciated pillars of biodiversity


Frainer, A and Mustonen, T and Hugu, S and Andreeva, T and Arttijeff, E-M and Arttijeff, I-S and Brizoela, F and Coelho-de-Souza, G and Printes, RB and Prokhorova, E and Sambou, S and Scherer, A and Shadrin, V and Pecl, G, Cultural and linguistic diversities are underappreciated pillars of biodiversity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 117, (43) pp. 26539-26543. ISSN 0027-8424 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1073/pnas.2019469117


Alongside climate change, the current rapid loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest threats that humanity faces to its own survival (1). With up to a million species at risk of disappearing within decades, human activities are reshaping life on Earth with no precedent in recent history. Biodiversity encompasses all life forms and their variation across the landscape. As one of the most important measures of environmental quality, high biodiversity is often linked with better provision of ecosystem services (2) and also helps assist and promote ecological conservation. Natural parks, national reserves, protected areas, and other measures for preserving the natural world are concerned first and foremost with the protection of biodiversity. But there is a critical and overlooked aspect of this important concept: its link with human cultural and linguistic diversity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:linguistic diversity, biodiversity, cultural diversity
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication across languages and culture
UTAS Author:Pecl, G (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:141672
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-11-09
Last Modified:2021-02-22

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