The United Nations World Charter for Nature (1982) states that “every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of it’s worth to man, and, to accord other organisms such recognition, man must be guided by a moral code of action.” It also states that “…man must acquire the knowledge to maintain and enhance his ability to use natural resources in a manner which ensures the preservation of the species and ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.” Most will recognize that, in the context of development planning, we now rarely respect nature, and we lack sufficient knowledge of biodiversity to inform decision-making processes. This is certainly the case in the Indo-Burma region which is recognized as a global hotspot of biodiversity and has long been noted for the exceptionally high diversity of species within its inland waters.
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Allen, D.J., Smith, K.G. and Darwall, W.R.T. (compilers). 2012. The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Indo-Burma. IUCN Cambridge, UK and Gland, Switzerland.