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Cultural and linguistic diversities are underappreciated pillars of biodiversity

Frainer, A, Mustonen, T, Hugu, S, Andreeva, T, Arttijeff, E-M, Arttijeff, I-S, Brizoela, F, Coelho-de-Souza, G, Printes, RB, Prokhorova, E, Sambou, S, Scherer, A, Shadrin, V and Pecl, G ORCID: 0000-0003-0192-4339 2020 , 'Cultural and linguistic diversities are underappreciated pillars of biodiversity' , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, vol. 117, no. 43 , pp. 26539-26543 , doi: 10.1073/pnas.2019469117.

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Alongside climate change, the current rapid loss ofbiodiversity is one of the biggest threats that humanityfaces to its own survival (1). With up to a million speciesat risk of disappearing within decades, human activitiesare reshaping life on Earth with no precedent in recenthistory. Biodiversity encompasses all life forms and theirvariation across the landscape. As one of the most importantmeasures of environmental quality, high biodiversityis often linked with better provision of ecosystemservices (2) and also helps assist and promote ecologicalconservation. Natural parks, national reserves, protectedareas, and other measures for preserving the naturalworld are concerned first and foremost with the protectionof biodiversity. But there is a critical and overlookedaspect of this important concept: its link with humancultural and linguistic diversity.

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Authors/Creators:Frainer, A and Mustonen, T and Hugu, S and Andreeva, T and Arttijeff, E-M and Arttijeff, I-S and Brizoela, F and Coelho-de-Souza, G and Printes, RB and Prokhorova, E and Sambou, S and Scherer, A and Shadrin, V and Pecl, G
Keywords: linguistic diversity, biodiversity, cultural diversity
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America
Publisher: Natl Acad Sciences
ISSN: 0027-8424
DOI / ID Number: 10.1073/pnas.2019469117
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