|Conserving Biodiversity (BOSTID, 1992)|
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This report has been prepared by an ad hoc advisory panel of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development. Staff support was funded by the Office of the Science Advisor, Agency for International Development, under Grant No. DAN-5538-G-SS- 1073-00.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 91-68333
Cover Design by David Bennett
Cover art adapted from Animals: 1419 Copyright-Free Illustrations
of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Insects, etc., by Jim Harter, Dover Publications, Inc.,
Panel on Biodiversity Research
PETER RAVEN, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden,
RICHARD NORGAARD, University of California at Berkeley
CHRISTINE PADOCH, New York Botanical Garden, Institute for Economic Botany
THEODORE PANAYOTOU, Harvard Institute for International Development
ALAN RANDALL, Department of Agricultural Economics, Ohio State University
MICHAEL ROBINSON, Director, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution
JAMES RODMAN, Division of Biotic Systems & Resources, National Science Foundation
JOHN HURLEY, Director*
MICHAEL MCD. Dow, Acting Director
F.R. RUSKIN, Editor
JOANN ROSKOSKI, Senior Project Officer
CURT MEINE, Staff Associate and Technical Writer
NEAL BRANDES, Program Assistant
SUSAN PIARULLI, Program Assistant