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Analysing biodiversity and conservation knowledge products to support regional environmental assessments


Brooks, TM and Akcakaya, HR and Burgess, ND and Butchart, SHM and Hilton-Taylor, C and Hoffmann, M and Juffe-Bignoli, D and Kingston, N and MacSharry, B and Parr, M and Perianin, L and Regan, EC and Rodrigues, ASL and Rondinini, C and Shennan-Farpon, Y and Young, BE, Analysing biodiversity and conservation knowledge products to support regional environmental assessments, Scientific Data, 3 Article 160007. ISSN 2052-4463 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.7


Two processes for regional environmental assessment are currently underway: the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) and Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Both face constraints of data, time, capacity, and resources. To support these assessments, we disaggregate three global knowledge products according to their regions and subregions. These products are: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Key Biodiversity Areas (specifically Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas [IBAs], and Alliance for Zero Extinction [AZE] sites), and Protected Planet. We present fourteen Data citations: numbers of species occurring and percentages threatened; numbers of endemics and percentages threatened; downscaled Red List Indices for mammals, birds, and amphibians; numbers, mean sizes, and percentage coverages of IBAs and AZE sites; percentage coverage of land and sea by protected areas; and trends in percentages of IBAs and AZE sites wholly covered by protected areas. These data will inform the regional/subregional assessment chapters on the status of biodiversity, drivers of its decline, and institutional responses, and greatly facilitate comparability and consistency between the different regional/subregional assessments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biodiversity, conservation, biogeography, sustainability, datasets, biodiversity assessment, species extinction risk, habitat
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brooks, TM (Dr Thomas Brooks)
ID Code:117491
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:48
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-06-16
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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