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Founded in 1992, Biodiversity and Conservation is an international journal that publishes articles on all aspects of biological diversity, its conservation, and sustainable use. It is multidisciplinary and covers living organisms of all kinds in any habitat, focusing on studies using novel or little-used approaches, and ones from less studied biodiversity rich regions or habitats. It also features rapid assessment approaches, the estimation of species numbers and diversity (by traditional, molecular, or proxy indicator methods), habitat management, conservation policy and regulations, threats, biodiversity loss, extinctions, and the documenting of long-term changes, and ex-situ conservation.

It includes reviews, research papers, editorials, commentaries, and letters, and sometimes whole issues devote to particular topics.

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  • David Hawksworth
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  • Cultural Forests for Landscape-Scale Biodiversity Conservation

    CALL FOR PAPERS | Deadline: March 31, 2024
    UN SDG 1 (No Poverty); SDG 2 (Zero Hunger); SDG 3 (Good Health & Well-being); SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth); SDG 13 (Climate Action); SDG 15 (Life on Land)
    The aim of the special issue is to solicit papers from different parts of the world dealing with, but not limited to, the following topics: cultural forests and biodiversity assessment, traditional forest practices for landscape-scale biodiversity preservation, biodiversity assessment and evaluation in forest landscapes, forest/agriculture and/or forest-pastures ecotones.

  • Transformative change

    LATEST SPECIAL ISSUE | Volume 32, issue 11, September 2023
    Issue editors: Dirk S. Schmeller & Peter Bridgewater

    This Special Issue contains nine articles that have evaluated conservation strategies, examined available conservation tools, and examined pathways to actively promote transformative change. All articles stress that there are still no clear ways forward to implement biodiversity integration in policy planning and policy implementation; transformative change remains challenging.

  • Biodiversity and Climate Change in India - Sustainable Development Perspective

    UN SDG 13 (Climate Action); SDG 15 (Life on Land)

    It will include invited papers presented during the 3rd International Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change (BDCC-2023) organized by the Centre for Ocean, River, Atmosphere, and Land Sciences (CORAL) at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKgp) during February 16-19, 2023 in Kharagpur, India on various themes such as biodiversity and land cover dynamics, Geomatics and data analytics, forest and agricultural bio-resources, and the Himalayan climate.

  • In Review: Preprint Service

    Biodiversity and Conservation, in partnership with Research Square, now offers In Review: a journal-integrated preprint service.

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