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Yee, Trevor H..
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Natural Products Institute
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Biological diversity and its conservation in Jamaica
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Utilization of natural products in Developing Countries: Trends and needs
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Kingston, Jamaica
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The Natural Products Institute, University of the West Indies
Date of Publication
2002
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159-61
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Abstract
Biodiversity in Jamaica is characterized by species richness and a high level of endemism. Many species have become extinct in the past few centuries, others are threatened. Conservation International has designated the island as a biodiversity hot spot and efforts to conserve the biodiversity have only recently taken on a sense of urgency. These measures have been fairly broad based and have included the legislative framework, economic development, conservation and sustainability, and public education. The establishment of a functioning plant biodiversity database of existing and new material is an integral component of biodiversity conservation. This paper gives a brief overview of Jamaica's biodiversity and three initiatives to conserve it.....
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