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Global plan to protect endangered species ‘overlooks genetic diversity’

Source: cardiff.ac.uk

A global group of scientists are calling for an urgent rethink on a draft action plan to safeguard biodiversity.

The provisional action plan, unveiled in January, will form the basis of a 10-year plan to protect nature.

But in a letter published today in the journal Science, experts – including scientists from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and Sustainable Places Research Institute – warn the suggested targets are not broad enough.

They say the plan neglects genetic diversity despite a wealth of scientific evidence to back up the crucial role it plays within species for ecosystem resilience, species survival and adaptation, particularly in the face of threats imposed by global change. MORE

Header image: Cardiff University.

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