Biodiversity hotspots: hot for what?
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
Global Ecology and Biogeography
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 225–227, May 2001
How to Cite
Jepson, P. and Canney, S. (2001), Biodiversity hotspots: hot for what?. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 10: 225–227. doi: 10.1046/j.1466-822X.2001.00255.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
- biodiversity hotspots;
- biodiversity policy;
- conservation ethics;
- systematic conservation planning
In complex areas of international policy, such as biodiversity conservation, there is a risk that well-promoted strategies will be received by decision makers as a cure-all. The U.S.-based Conservation International is promoting biodiversity hotspots as a ‘silver bullet’ strategy for conserving most species for least cost. We assess the degree to which this goal is compatible with four social values that characterize the conservation movement. We find that biodiversity hotspots provide only a partial response because conservation does not treat all species as equal. We argue that explicit recognition of such values is fundamental to a structured debate contributing to the development of a common strategy for biodiversity conservation.