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Abstract It is widely recognized that we are entering an extinction event on a scale approaching the mass extinctions seen in the fossil record.
As the earth’s forests and other natural resources face growing peril, humans are affected in many unexpected ways.
Relationships after Qiu et al. (1999, 2000), P. Soltis et al. (1999), D. E.
Indo-Burma Hotspot: #1 in Conservation International's World’s 10 Most Threatened Forest Hotspots The rivers and floodplain wetlands of this hotspot are tremendously important for the conservation of birds, freshwater turtles and fish, including some of the largest freshwater fishes in the world. The Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River are habitats for the Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) and the Jullien's golden carp (Probarbus jullieni). Aquatic ecosystems are under intense pressure in many areas of this hotspot. Freshwater floodplain swamps and wetlands are destroyed by draining for wet rice cultivation.