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At Nature's EdgeThe Global Present and Long-term History$
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Gunnel Cederlöf and Mahesh Rangarajan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199489077

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199489077.001.0001

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Going, Going, Gone

Going, Going, Gone

A History of Israel’s Biodiversity

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At Nature's Edge

Alon Tal

Oxford University Press

Israel’s remarkable biodiversity can be attributed to its unique geographical location at the juncture of three continents, its extreme climatic variability and half a century of interventions to ensure protection of habitat. For the country’s first fifty years, its progress in setting aside reserves and protecting myriad, damaged animal populations led to a reversal in the decline of individual species and ecosystems, making the country a model of applied conservation biology. Recently, however, there has been a steady loss of animal and plant populations, with one third of Israel’s 100 mammal species defined as threatened. This chapter considers the range of drivers behind the recent deterioration in ecological indicators, with a focus on the impact of the country’s extraordinary growth in human numbers on the natural world.

Keywords:   biodiversity, Israel, conservation, history, Sixth Extinction

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