09 Dec '11, 11pm

Turkey's Rich Biodiversity in Crisis, Scientists Say

Turkey's Rich Biodiversity in Crisis, Scientists Say

bazylek /CC BY 2.0 Turkey's mountain habitats are 'severely understudied,' according to a new scientific paper. With more than 1 million hectares of wetlands lost since 1950, half of the country's forest area degraded and populations of fish, birds , and large mammals on the decline, Turkey is facing a conservation crisis. And the worst part may be that no one really even knows just how bad the situation is. The country's mountain habitats "remain severely understudied," a "rigorous national wetland inventory has yet to be undertaken," and monitoring of birds is "limited and inconsistent," according to acclaimed conservation biologist Çağan Şekercioğlu and his coauthors of the new scientific paper "Turkey's globally important biodiversity in crisis ." Crossroads Of Three Biodiversity Hotspots Though Turkey is nearly covered by the Caucasus, Irano-Anatolian, and Mediterrane...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/turkeys-rich-b...

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