Conservation Priorities for Seabirds in Italy
Extinction processes have grown dramatically in recent years; a rough estimate of the number of species involved was recently believed to be about 1,000 per year (Anon. 1974, in Myers, 1979). This figure includes many species not yet described by biologists. The loss of a species is not only of subjective concern (e.g. aesthetic, ethical, philosophical), but is also a threat to the potential future welfare of Mankind (Myers, 1979). In order to avoid the extinction of species, or to reduce the threat of extinction, many conservation programmes have been activated by some internationl organizations (e.g. IUCN, WWF, EEC, etc.) as well as by some national organizations (e.g. national and regional governments, local conservation societies).
KeywordsStorm Petrel Continental Level Sandwich Tern Turnover Index Italian Range
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