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China is one of the world's most biodiverse countries. But, as elsewhere, the country's biodiversity suffers from the explosive increase in the extent and intensity of human activities.

In this article, a group of Chinese and US scientists argue that, as China's new leaders begin to develop socioeconomic priorities, initiatives, policies and legislation, it is important for them to expand support for biodiversity conservation.

They propose three strategies for improving biodiversity conservation: ensuring systematic planning and an adequate conceptual base for national biodiversity protection measures; increasing investment; and helping local communities.

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Reference: Science 300, 1240 (2003)