Global biodiversity indicators reflect the modeled impacts of protected area policy change

Costelloe, Brendan, Collen, Ben, Milner-Gulland, E.J., Craigie, Ian D., Mcrae, Louise, Rondinini, Carlo and Nicholson, Emily 2016, Global biodiversity indicators reflect the modeled impacts of protected area policy change, Conservation letters, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 14-20, doi: 10.1111/conl.12163.

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Title Global biodiversity indicators reflect the modeled impacts of protected area policy change
Author(s) Costelloe, Brendan
Collen, Ben
Milner-Gulland, E.J.
Craigie, Ian D.
Mcrae, Louise
Rondinini, Carlo
Nicholson, EmilyORCID iD for Nicholson, Emily
Journal name Conservation letters
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 14
End page 20
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1755-263X
Keyword(s) Biodiversity indicators
Convention on biological diversity
Living Planet Index
Population decline
Protected areas
Red List Index
Summary Global biodiversity indicators can be used to measure the status and trends of biodiversity relating to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) targets. Whether such indicators can support decision makers by distinguishing among policy options remains poorly evaluated. We tested the ability of two CBD indicators, the Living Planet Index and the Red List Index, to reflect projected changes in mammalian populations in sub-Saharan Africa in response to potential policies related to CBD targets for protected areas (PAs). We compared policy scenarios to expand the PA network, improve management effectiveness of the existing network, and combinations of the two, against business as usual. Both indicators showed that more effective management would provide greater benefits to biodiversity than expanding PAs alone. The indicators were able to communicate outcomes of modeled scenarios in a simple quantitative manner, but behaved differently. This work highlights both the considerable potential of indicators in supporting decisions, and the need to understand how indicators will respond as biodiversity changes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/conl.12163
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960805 Flora
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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