Safeguarding species, languages, and cultures in the time of diversity loss: From the Colorado Plateau to global hotspots

Gary Paul Nabhan, Patrick Pynes, Tony Joe

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Hotspots of biodiversity have become priority areas for land conservation initiatives, oftentimes without recognition that these areas are hotspots of cultural diversity as well. Using the Colorado Plateau ecoregion as a case study, this inquiry (1) outlines the broad geographic patterns of biological diversity and ethnolinguistic diversity within this ecoregion; (2) discusses why these two kinds of diversity are often influenced by the same geographic and historic factors; and (3) suggests what can be done to integrate traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples into multicultural conservation collaborations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-175
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002



  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation planning
  • Linguistic diversity
  • Traditional ecological knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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