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        The Centres of Plant Diversity (CPD) project, a major international collaborative exercise, has involved over 400 botanists, conservationists and resource managers worldwide, together with over 100 collaborating institutions and organizations. Without this enormous amount of help and support, the project would not have been possible. We wish to thank all those who contributed to the text.
        A full list of  collaborating organizations is given below, and authors and contributors to individual Data Sheets are given at the end of each sheet. Here, we would like in particular to acknowledge the major contributions to the project provided by Dr Dennis Adams, Dr John R. Akeroyd, Professor Peter S. Ashton, Dr Henk J. Beentje, Dr Robert W. Boden, Professor Loutfy Boulos, Dr David R. Given, Dr Alan C. Hamilton, Professor K. Iwatsuki, Professor R.J. Johns, Dr Ruth Kiew, Professor Valentin A. Krassilov, Dr Domingo Madulid, Dr Robert R. Mill, Dr Tony Miller, Professor P. van Royen, Dr B.D. Sharma, Dr Sy Sohmer, Dr Peter F. Stevens, Dr Wendy Strahm, Professor Wang Xianpu and Professor Yang Zhouhuai, who undertook the preparation of regional texts and/or contributed a number of site Data Sheets, and (with others) helped in the selection of sites for inclusion in the project.
        The CPD project has been co-ordinated by the IUCN Plant Conservation Office at Kew, U.K. Throughout this period, the project benefited enormously from the valuable help, advice and information provided by colleagues and staff of the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as from use of Kew's extensive library facilities. We thank all those members of Kew's staff who contributed to individual Data Sheets, in particular Professor Robert J. Johns, who provided extensive help with writing the section on New Guinea, and to Dr John Dransfield for checking sheets for Malaysia and Indonesia. Special thanks are also extended to Milan Svanderlik and colleagues in Media Resources for their help in producing a set of posters on the project which were used throughout the world at CPD Workshops. Particular thanks are extended to the Director, Professor Ghillean Prance, and to the Keeper of the Herbarium, Professor Gren Ll. Lucas, for their support. Indeed, the initial concept of identifying centres of plant diversity and endemism owes much to Gren Lucas and Hugh Synge (then of the IUCN Threatened Plants Unit). Acknowledgement must also be made of the role played by the IUCN/WWF Plant Advisory Group, initially under the chairmanship of Dr Peter Raven, and subsequently Professor Arturo Gómez-Pompa, in planning and developing the CPD project.
        Much of the co-ordinating work for the Americas was undertaken by colleagues at the IUCN office at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. In particular, we would like to thank Olga Herrera-MacBryde for her dedication in compiling and writing many of the accounts for South and Central America, and for her part in editing the volume on the Americas (Volume 3 in the series). Additional editors for the Americas volume were Dr Bruce MacBryde, Jane Villa-Lobos, Jane MacKnight and Dr Wayt Thomas.
        We are indebted to colleagues at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, who undertook (with Professor Loutfy Boulos) much of the co-ordinating work for South West Asia and the Middle East. We particularly thank the Deputy Regius Keeper, Dr David G. Mann, and make special mention of the valuable contributions to the project provided by Dr Tony Miller and Dr Robert Mill.
Grateful thanks are also extended to the members of the IUCN Australasian Plant Specialist Group (co-ordinated by Dr Robert W. Boden): John Benson, Stephen Harris, Frank Ingwersen, Dr John Leigh, Dr Ian Lunt, Dr Bob Parsons and Neville Scarlett. Drs Garry Werren, Geoff Tracey, Stephen Goosem and Peter Stanton also provided much valuable advice and contributions for the Australian section. Similarly, we would like to thank the Secretary for the Environment (Government of India), the Botanical Survey of India and the IUCN Plant Specialist Groups for China and Lower Plants.
        For Africa, we would particularly like to thank members of AETFAT (the Association pour l'Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d'Afrique Tropicale) for much helpful advice and valuable contributions.
At the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), Cambridge, U.K., the following are thanked for their help: Dr Kerry Walter (Threatened Plants Unit) for providing country plant biodiversity tables; Dr Mark Collins, Dr Richard Luxmoore, Mary Edwards and Clare Billington (Habitats Data Unit) for advice on mapwork and for producing regional maps which formed the basis for those used in all three volumes; and to Jerry Harrison, James Paine, Michael Green and Harriet Gillett (Protected Areas Data Unit) for checking protected areas information. Andrew McCarthy provided much valuable assistance with information on Indonesian protected areas. Dr Tim Johnson is thanked for co-ordinating WCMC's input to the project.
        CPD benefited from close collaboration with BirdLife International (formerly known as the International Council for Bird Preservation). We would like to make special mention of contributions of bird data provided by Alison Stattersfield, Mike Crosby, Adrian Long and David Wege. The data on birds will be published more fully by BirdLife International in A global directory of Endemic Bird Areas (Stattersfield et al., in prep.) in which the distributions of all restricted-range bird species will be analysed.
        Thanks are expressed to colleagues at Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), with whom the CPD project shared office space and equipment, and benefited from computer and secretarial support. In particular, we would like to thank Diane Wyse Jackson for technical computer support and Nicky Powell, Erika Keiss and Christine Allen for secretarial help and typing manuscripts. Ros Coles, at WWF, is also thanked for her secretarial support. Kevin McPaul (Computer Unit, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) provided valuable assistance in converting several incoming computer diskettes into a readable form. For translations, we thank Sally Horan, Doreen Abeledo, Jennifer Moog and Barbara Windisch, and for map drawing Cecilia Andrade-Herrera, Raúl Puente-Martínez, Alice Tangerine, Carlos Bazán, Jeff Edwards and Martin Walters.
        Finally, we give particular thanks to the organizations who provided financial support for the CPD project and without which none of this work would have been possible, namely the Commission of the European Communities (EC), the U.K. Overseas Development Administration (ODA), the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), IUCN The World Conservation Union and, in the U.S.A., Conservation International and the Wildcat Foundation. We are most grateful for their support and encouragement throughout the project.

Stephen D. Davis. Vernon H. Heywood.

       The successful completion of this major project has in no small measure been due to the outstanding efforts and commitment of Stephen Davis who has worked unflaggingly and consistently over the whole period of its preparation.

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