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Challenges and solutions to biodiversity conservation in arid lands

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Zhang, Yuanming ; Tariq, Akash ; Hughes, Alice C. ; Hong, Deyuan ; Wei, Fuwen ; Sun, Hang ; Sardans, Jordi ; Peñuelas, Josep ; Perry, Gad ; Qiao, Jianfang ; Kurban, Alishir ; Jia, Xiaoxia ; Raimondo, Domitilla ; Pan, Borong ; Yang, Weikang ; Zhang, Daoyuan ; Li, Wenjun ; Ahmed, Zeeshan ; Beierkuhnlein, Carl ; Lazkov, Georgy ; Toderich, Kristina ; Karryeva, Shirin ; Dehkonov, Davron ; Hisoriev, Hikmat ; Dimeyeva, Liliya ; Milko, Dmitry ; Soule, Ahmedou ; Suska-Malawska, Malgozhata ; Saparmuradov, Jumamurat ; Bekzod, Alilov ; Allin, Paul ; Dieye, Sidy ; Cissse, Birane ; Whibesilassie, Wondmagegne ; Ma, Keping:
Challenges and solutions to biodiversity conservation in arid lands.
In: Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 857, Part 3 (2023) . - No. 159695.
ISSN 0048-9697
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.159695

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The strategic goals of the United Nations and the Aichi Targets for biodiversity conservation have not been met. Instead, biodiversity has continued to rapidly decrease, especially in developing countries. Setting a new global biodiversity framework requires clarifying future priorities and strategies to bridge challenges and provide representative solutions. Hyper-arid, arid, and semi-arid lands (herein, arid lands) form about one third of the Earth's terrestrial surface. Arid lands contain unique biological and cultural diversity, and biodiversity loss in arid lands can have a disproportionate impact on these ecosystems due to low redundancy and a high risk of trophic cascades. They contain unique biological and cultural diversity and host many endemic species, including wild relatives of key crop plants. Yet extensive agriculture, unsustainable use, and global climate change are causing an irrecoverable damage to arid lands, with far-reaching consequences to the species, ground-water resources, ecosystem productivity, and ultimately the communities' dependant on these systems. However, adequate research and effective policies to protect arid land biodiversity and sustainability are lacking because a large proportion of arid areas are in developing countries, and the unique diversity in these systems is frequently overlooked. Developing new priorities for global arid lands and mechanisms to prevent unsustainable development must become part of public discourse and form the basis for conservation efforts. The current situation demands the combined efforts of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and local communities to adopt a socio-ecological approach for achieving sustainable development (SDGs) in arid lands. Applying these initiatives globally is imperative to conserve arid lands biodiversity and the critical ecological services they provide for future generations. This perspective provides a framework for conserving biodiversity in arid lands for all stakeholders that will have a tangible impact on sustainable development, nature, and human well-being.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Biodiversity losses
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography > Chair Biogeography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools > Elite Network Bavaria
Graduate Schools > Elite Network Bavaria > Global Change Ecology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2022 08:29
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 08:29
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/72630