Arab Today, arab today new book to inspire research in world\s \hottest biodiversity hotspot\
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New book to inspire research in world\'s \'hottest biodiversity hotspot\'

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Arab Today, arab today New book to inspire research in world\'s \'hottest biodiversity hotspot\'

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Entomologist Dmitry Telnov hopes his new pet project will inspire and disseminate research about one of the world\'s last unexplored biogeographical regions: Wallacea and New Guinea. Incredibly rich in biodiversity and still full of unknown species, the region, also known as the Indo-Australian transition, spans many of the tropical islands of the Pacific, including Indonesia\'s Sulawesi, Komodo and Flores, as well as East Timor—the historically famous \"spice islands\" of the Moluccan Archipelago—the Solomon Islands, and, of course, New Guinea. Telnov has begun a new book series, entitled Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea, that aims to compile and highlight new research in the region, focusing both on biology and conservation. The first volume, currently available, also includes the description of 150 new species. \"This territory is described as one of the most diverse, least explored and most endangered (both in cultural and natural aspects) regions on our planet, the \'hottest\' biodiversity hotspot,\" says Telnov in a mongabay.com interview, adding that, \"generally, [the region] covers less than 1 percent of the world’s total land area but holds the world’s highest biological diversity both in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, in addition to an amazing diversity of human cultures and languages.\" Despite its staggering wealth of species and cultures, much of the remote parts of region remain unexplored, while many places are undergoing drastic changes. Telnov says this means the time was a ripe time for a new research book series. \"After the famous Dutch-Indonesian magazine of 1950-60s \'Nova Guinea\' was discontinued there has been no alternative centralized discussion board available for scientists and nature conservation specialists working in the Indo-Australian transition region. As for local scientists from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor and the Solomon Islands, they have very limited opportunities to present the results of their studies in peer-reviewed issues. My idea of the book is like for a \'central organ\' of communication between the world\'s most famous experts in various biological disciplines and our colleagues from the region. With the first volume I also aim to inspire colleagues from around the world to pursue research in the Indo-Australian transition zone.\" Given that the region is rich in natural resources—including timber, minerals, and fossil fuels—many of the islands have suffered large-scale environmental damage. Indonesia has one of the world\'s highest deforestation rates due to the pulp and paper and palm oil industries, leading to less than half of the country remaining under forest cover. A study in 2008 found that nearly a quarter of Papua New Guinea\'s forests were degraded or lost between 1972 and 2002, a number far higher than expected. East Timor\'s forests have also been cut by a fourth from 1990-2010. \"The threats [to the region] are more or less equal to those of any tropical region,\" Telnov says. \"Global warming, rushed deforestation, booming population growth, the introduction of numerous non-autochthonous species, poverty in rural areas, the availability of high-value resources (timber, oil, gas, gold, nickel, copper), overhunting, oil palm plantations, collecting for animal breeders (especially—birds, reptiles and amphibians as well as large insects), lack of rangers, and lack of real control instruments (for example, many internationally protected species are being legally sold under other—i.e. non-protected—common names to Europe and USA). In addition, remoteness of the area, difficulty of controlling and monitoring the situation, local corruption, and unemployment are also important. Local inhabitants have to understand the value of their natural heritage, which could be done by increasing the level of education in this region\" Telnov has paid for the production of Volume 1 out of his own pocket, and is now raising funds for Volume 2 partially from payments of Volume 1. \"I find it important to demonstrate to the public, and also to the scientific community that absence of funding should not stop us from doing something important and necessary for nature conservation and scientific research,\" he says. He hopes future volumes will incorporate more input from conservationists and homegrown scientists.

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