reserve selection

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The process of determining whether an area should be given the protective status of a nature reserve. Various criteria have been suggested for evaluating a site for conservation purposes. Derek Ratcliffe has produced the most widely used set, which includes area, habitat diversity (both of which contribute to species richness), replaceability, fragility, vulnerability, representativeness, position in a geographical sequence, rarity, naturalness, and its potential for research or education.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation.

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