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Conservation biology today: the most pressing questions.

abstract1 (full description below): . Pp. 57-63 In J. Sarukh
Conservation biology today. PDF/Acrobat file     SoulĂ©, M. E.

It is often said with confidence that the loss of species and wildlands is not a scientific problem, but a social or political problem (e.g., Human Development Report, 1991). It is often said that we don't need more research on endangered species, on wildlands or ecosystems, or even on restoration of ecosystems. The real problem, say these commentators, is the need for social, economic and political reform, and that the roots of the biodiversity crisis are social injustice and the powerlessness of the poor and landless. This is what I call the Social Hypothesis of the biodiversity crisis.