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The contribution of digital sequence information to conservation biology: a Southern African perspective

Russo, Isa‐Rita M. ORCID:, de Jager, Deon, van Wyk, Anna M., Klopper, Arrie W., Uiseb, Kenneth, Birss, Coral, Rushworth, Ian and Bloomer, Paulette 2023. The contribution of digital sequence information to conservation biology: a Southern African perspective. Advanced Genetics 4 (2) , 2200032. 10.1002/ggn2.202200032

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Many recent contributions have made a compelling case that genetic diversity is not adequately reflected in international frameworks and policies, as well as in local governmental processes implementing such frameworks. Using digital sequence information (DSI) and other publicly available data is supported to assess genetic diversity, toward formulation of practical actions for long‐term conservation of biodiversity, with the particular goal of maintaining ecological and evolutionary processes. Given the inclusion of specific goals and targets regarding DSI in the latest draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework negotiated at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Montreal in December 2022 and the crucial decisions on access and benefit sharing to DSI that will be taken in the coming months and future COP meetings, a southern African perspective on how and why open access to DSI is essential for the conservation of intraspecific biodiversity (genetic diversity and structure) across country borders is provided.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
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Publisher: Wiley Open Access
ISSN: 2641-6573
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 March 2023
Date of Acceptance: 3 March 2023
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 18:26

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