What it means to “maintain” biodiversity in our coastal marine environment
Dr Steve Urlich, Professor Simon Thrush, Professor Judi Hewitt and Eric Jorgensen continue their scrutiny of the progress New Zealand has made on maintaining biodiversity since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.
Their initial article on this subject (published on the RMLA website last week) identified that the inconsistency in statutory definitions is an important factor contributing to the unfolding biodiversity crisis in the marine environment.
This time they focus on the definition of ecological complexes, and their crucial importance in maintaining biodiversity and ecological function.
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