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Bamboo Biodiversity: Asia-Pacific Region

dc.contributor.authorUnited Nations Environment Programme
dc.coverage.spatialAsia and the Pacific
dc.descriptionUNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Series 14. Bamboos are distinct and fascinating plants, with a wide range of values and uses. They play a significant role in biodiversity conservation and contribute to soil and water management. They are important for biomass production and play an increasing role in local and world economies. This study used an innovative approach to map potential current distibutions of nearly 1 000 individual bamboo species that occur naturally within remaining forests of the Asia-Pacific region. The maps were also combined to generate regional maps showing potential species and generic richness. By quantifying the area of forest cover remaining within each species' range, this study shows that more than 400 bamboo species are potentially threatened by the destruction of natural forest cover. Conservation and sustainable management of wild populations of bamboo should be high priority, especially where diversity is high or deforestation is a significant threat.
dc.subjectenvironmental protection
dc.subjectspecies conservation programme
dc.subjectenvironmental awareness
dc.subjectenvironmental conservation
dc.subjectenvironmental management
dc.subjectinternational trade
dc.subjectplant protection
dc.subjectplant resource
dc.subjectplant species
dc.subjectplant trade
dc.subject.classificationEcosystem Management
dc.titleBamboo Biodiversity: Asia-Pacific Region
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 14 - Life Below Water
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 15 - Life on Land

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