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A metric for spatially explicit contributions to science-based species targets


Mair, L and Bennun, LA and Brooks, TM and Butchart, SHM and Bolam, FC and Burgess, ND and Ekstrom, JMM and Milner-Gulland, EJ and Hoffmann, M and Ma, K and Macfarlane, NBW and Raimondo, DC and Rodrigues, ASL and Shen, X and Strassburg, BBN and Beatty, CR and Gomez-Creutzberg, C and Iribarrem, A and Irmadhiany, M and Lacerda, E and Mattos, BC and Parakkasi, K and Tognelli, MF and Bennett, EL and Bryan, C and Carbone, G and Chaudhary, A and Eiselin, M and da Fonseca, GAB and Galt, R and Geschke, A and Glew, L and Goedicke, R and Green, JMH and Gregory, RD and Hill, SLL and Hole, DG and Hughes, J and Hutton, J and Keijzer, MPW and Navarro, LM and Nic Lughadha, E and Plumptre, AJ and Puydarrieux, P and Possingham, HP and Rankovic, A and Regan, EC and Rondinini, C and Schneck, JD and Siikamaki, J and Sendashonga, C and Seutin, G and Sinclair, S and Skowno, AL and Soto-Navarro, CA and Stuart, SN and Temple, HJ and Vallier, A and Verones, F and Viana, LR and Watson, J and Bezeng, S and Bohm, M and Burfield, IJ and Clausnitzer, V and Clubbe, C and Cox, NA and Freyhof, J and Gerber, LR and Hilton-Taylor, C and Jenkins, R and Joolia, A and Joppa, LN and Koh, LP and Lacher, TE and Langhammer, PF and Long, B and Mallon, D and Pacifici, M and Polidoro, BA and Pollock, CM and Rivers, MC and Roach, NS and Rodriguez, JP and Smart, J and Young, BE and Hawkins, F and McGowan, PJK, A metric for spatially explicit contributions to science-based species targets, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 5, (6) pp. 836-844. ISSN 2397-334X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41559-021-01432-0


The Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will probably include a goal to stabilize and restore the status of species. Its delivery would be facilitated by making the actions required to halt and reverse species loss spatially explicit. Here, we develop a species threat abatement and restoration (STAR) metric that is scalable across species, threats and geographies. STAR quantifies the contributions that abating threats and restoring habitats in specific places offer towards reducing extinction risk. While every nation can contribute towards halting biodiversity loss, Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, Madagascar and Brazil combined have stewardship over 31% of total STAR values for terrestrial amphibians, birds and mammals. Among actions, sustainable crop production and forestry dominate, contributing 41% of total STAR values for these taxonomic groups. Key Biodiversity Areas cover 9% of the terrestrial surface but capture 47% of STAR values. STAR could support governmental and non-state actors in quantifying their contributions to meeting science-based species targets within the framework.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Brooks, TM (Dr Thomas Brooks)
ID Code:147164
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-10-15
Last Modified:2022-01-13

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