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Antarctica and the strategic plan for biodiversity

Chown, SL; Brooks, CM; Terauds, A; Le Bohec, C; van Klaveren-Impagliazzo, C; Whittington, JD; Butchart, SHM; ... McGeoch, MA; + view all (2017) Antarctica and the strategic plan for biodiversity. PLOS Biology , 15 (3) , Article e2001656. 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001656. Green open access

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Abstract

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, adopted under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity, provides the basis for taking effective action to curb biodiversity loss across the planet by 2020—an urgent imperative. Yet, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, which encompass 10% of the planet’s surface, are excluded from assessments of progress against the Strategic Plan. The situation is a lost opportunity for biodiversity conservation globally. We provide such an assessment. Our evidence suggests, surprisingly, that for a region so remote and apparently pristine as the Antarctic, the biodiversity outlook is similar to that for the rest of the planet. Promisingly, however, much scope for remedial action exists.

Type: Article
Title: Antarctica and the strategic plan for biodiversity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001656
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2001656
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 Chown et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine - Other Topics, SOUTHERN-OCEAN, EXPERT KNOWLEDGE, MANAGEMENT, SCIENCE, POLICY, APPROPRIATE, TOOTHFISH, VARIABLES, TARGETS, AREA
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1549827
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