n African Entomology - Arthropod diversity and conservation in southern Africa : foreword




This Special Issue arose from a general invitation to participate in the Biodiversity and Conservation Symposium, that formed part of the 13th biennial Congress of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, Pietermaritzburg, July 2001. This Symposium was also the platform for the inaugural meeting of the IUCN / SSC Southern African Invertebrates Specialist Group (SAISG). The papers included in this Issue thus represent a selection of peer-reviewed contributions initially submitted in response to a call for papers for the above Symposium. The selection spans a cross-section of arthropod conservation issues, from their inclusion in Geographic Information System-based conservation planning exercises to conservation efforts for threatened species. The papers also variously raise topical conservation issues in the region, including effects of afforestation, invasive species, urbanization, sustainable harvesting and fire regimes. It is our hope that this Special Issue will constitute a timely contribution to the promotion of arthropod conservation nationally and globally, and that it will draw attention to the research being done in this field in the region.


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