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    Most of the Plant Species Could Be Saved by Protecting a Fraction of Land

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    According to a new study from researchers at several institutions, around two thirds of the plant species on Earth could be preserved if less than a fifth of the land on our planet was protected.

    According to a new study from researchers at several international institutions, around two thirds of the plant species on Earth could be preserved if less than a fifth of the land on our planet were protected.

    Stuart L. Pimm, a professor of conservation ecology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment who worked on the study said: “we need to protect more land, on average, than we currently do, and much more in key places such as Madagascar, New Guinea and Ecuador. The logical – and very challenging – next step will be to make tactical local decisions within those regions to secure the most critical land for conservation.”

    Data from the study shows that a lot of species can be protected by conserving areas of land that are rich in plant and animal biodiversity like the cloud forests of South America, parts of the Caribbean Islands, Asia and Africa.

    These areas, known as biodiversity hotspots, have a high concentration of endemic species, which have a limited range of livable habitat, so they are seen as being an important part of the nature conservation effort.

    What do you think should be done to protect the world’s diverse plant species?